Union Station in Walpole, Massachusetts, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Union Station Walpole Ceremony Commemorates Historic Designation

Walpole Historical Commission Chairman Sam Obar (left) and State Rep Paul Feeney (right) help celebrate the plaque commemoration of Union Station in Walpole., Massachusetts.

Walpole Historical Commission Chairman Sam Obar (left) and Ryan Coholan, chief railroad officer at the MBTA (right) help celebrate the plaque commemoration of Union Station in Walpole.

A standing room only crowd came aboard at Union Station on Sat., Sept., 22, to celebrate a plaque ceremony commemorating the train station’s designation as a National Register of Historic Places site.

Sam Obar, chairman of the Walpole Historical Commission, led the Commission and Walpole Historical Society event that also included many elected and appointed officials on hand to enjoy the festivities.

Attendees listen intently at the Union Station plaque commemoration in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Attendees listen intently at the Union Station plaque commemoration in Walpole.

Michael Amaral, former Walpole Historical Commission chairman, attended the event — he and¬†consultant Kathleen Broomer played early major roles in allowing the historic site project to move full steam ahead. With funding from Rockland Federal Credit Union, the train station was nominated as a historic landmark in 2013.

With Obar and many others following up on Amaral’s vision — and working hard to make it happen — Union Station gained status as a National Register of Historic Places site in April 2016.¬†Former Walpole resident Colin Harding funded the plaque.

Plaque commemorating Union Station in Walpole, Massachusetts, as a National Register of Historic Places site. Photo source: Photo source: Town of Walpole web site at http://bit.ly/2OWSYKT

Plaque commemorating Union Station in Walpole as a National Register of Historic Places site. Photo source: Town of Walpole web site at http://bit.ly/2OWSYKT

As an added bonus at the ceremony, crowds enjoyed coffee, muffins and other breakfast items at the cleverly named and very good Rail Good Coffee, a food stop located in Union Station.

Rail Good Coffee located at Union Train Station in Walpole, Massachusetts

Rail Good Coffee located at Union Train Station in Walpole, Mass.

Union Station dates back to 1893, originally used as a passenger station to serve two railroad lines crossing near downtown Walpole. Those two railroad lines: the New York & New England Railroad on the east-west route and the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad on the north-south route. Today, the red wood-framed passenger station is best known as part of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail that utilize east-west tracks. Freight trains employ the north-south tracks.

Union Station in Walpole, Massachusetts, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Union Station in Walpole, Mass, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here is how the National Register of Historic Places describes the station…

There are very few late 19th-century, wood-frame passenger stations extant in Massachusetts, and Union Station is the best preserved, designed in the Victorian Eclectic mode and displaying the horizontality, flared hipped roof, and bracketed overhanging eaves characteristic of stone stations of the same period designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and his successor firm.

The inside also resonates with architectural beauty with its large waiting
room in the north wing, former ticket and baggage-handling rooms (since converted for use as storage and offices) and restrooms in their original locations at the ends of the wings.

Union Station stands proudly one of three buildings in Walpole on the National Register of Historic Places along with The Deacon Willard Lewis House at 33 West St. and the Town House/old police station at 972 Main St.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. Log onto the National Register of Historic Places at the National Park Service’s web site for more information.

Important related links:
Walpole Historical Society Facebook page
Walpole Historical Commission

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