To many of us, the height of the tobacco trade, the timber industry and the advent of the American railroad system seems like something out of a history book. But it's these relics of the past that have influenced modern life for residents renting apartments near Raleigh
, North Carolina, and their lingering artifacts that continue to enchant those who reside in the area. As a prime example, the New Hope Valley Railway Museum, as well as local events held at the station, have become a community landmark for those who rent apartments in New Hill, North Carolina.
Of course, when the railway was originally built, no one ever thought it would one day become a museum where locals met for community events; rather, it served the livelihoods of those who once lived where New Hill apartments now stand. The line, originally operated by the Durham & South Carolina Railroad, was built in 1905 to transport timber from the New Hope Creek valley to towns like Bosnal, Beaver Creek, and Durham.
Today, those in New Hill apartments can visit the museum to learn about the history of their new home. In addition, some residents decide to take advantage of Operate-a-loco, a program in which they can actually operate a locomotive for an hour under the supervision of an engineer. Finally, even many of those in New Hill apartments who are not interested in driving a train have paid a visit to the New Hope Valley Railway for some delicious food at Ole Time Barbecue, or to ride on a train with Santa Clause during the holidays.
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