Saluda Historic Depot October Train Tales recently featured “Night at the Museum.”
Published Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 1:46 PM
Night at the Museum was unveiled at the Saluda Historic Depot and Museum on Friday, October 21st.
Night at the Museum It included eight historical vignettes performed throughout the depot by depot volunteers and other familiar Saluda residents dressed as characters from Saluda’s past.
The show featured eight historical scenes depicting events in the history of the railroad and the town of Saluda. Visitors go back in time when they met.
- Joel Roberts Poinsett 1835 – played by Dave O’Brien
- Captain Charles Pearson and Colonel Thaddeus Coleman 1877 – performed by Mike Reeves and Ralph Mayer
- Engineer Pitt Bellew and his Brakeman 1903 – performed by Bruce Jayne and Nancy Pugh
- Two Prisoners, Otis and Floyd, 1877 – played by Monty Crisp and Richard Henrich
- Saluda Depot Station Master and Carolina Special Dining Car Head Waiter 1925- played by Greg Bryant and Howard Troxler
- Dr. Lesene Smith and Nurse Carter 1918 – performed by Steve Smith and Lynn Casey
- Two hoboes (Boxcar Billy and Frisco Jack) 1930 – performed by Dave Zimmerman and Rich Miller
- Two Women Traveling by Train to Charleston, 1903 (Northern Lady, Effie Ford), Helen Pasternak, (Southern Lady, Annabel Wright) – Mayor Tansy Morgan
Food and drinks were served in the Moon Glass Studio garden area. The Saluda Visitor Center has opened with a drone video of the current Saluda grade. Moon Glass Studio and his Jim Carson’s Studio were open and there was also live music by Todd Neel and the band.
It was a beautiful autumn evening spent with neighbors and friends. Night at the Museum Funded by a grant awarded by the Polk County Community Foundation.
Submitted by Nita High