The Chuckey Depot Museum in Jonesborough will debut its newest exhibit, As Fast as Birds Can Fly: The ET & WNC (Tweetsie) Railroad, on Thursday, March 4.
The East Tennessee & Western North Carolina railroad (ET & WNC) was one of the main lines that ran through Johnson City and Elizabethton. This narrow gauge railroad only lasted from the 1880s through 1950, but it made a lasting impact on the region. The line was originally established to service mines in Cranberry, North Carolina. The railroad acquired the affectionate nickname the Tweetie in reference to the sound of its steam whistles.
The exhibit will include several artifacts from the ET & WNC’s storied history, as well as photographs taken by people who worked on and for the railroad line. Tune into the Chuckey Depot Museum’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. on March 4 for a special virtual tour of the exhibit.
The public can visit the museum in person Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Additional events to celebrate the exhibit will follow at a later date.
The ET & WNC exhibit will be on display at the museum through Aug. 2021.
Chuckey Depot Museum is located at 110 S 2nd Ave. This project is sponsored by the Town of Jonesborough, Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society. For more information visit the Chuckey Depot on Facebook or call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010.
The Chuckey Depot’s original home was just down the road in Chuckey, and now sits within WC Rowe Park in Jonesborough. To preserve the building housing the historic Chuckey depot, the structure was dismantled and re-erected in Jonesborough, where it opened as a museum in October 2017.