Richmond, Indiana Depot District

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Experience a one of a kind visit to the Historic Richmond, Indiana Depot District. Bustling with activity, the Depot District is alive with shopping, dining, entertainment and historical attractions such as the 1902 Pennsylvania Railroad Depot and the world-renowned National Model T Ford Museum!

Feel the charm and nostalgia of yesteryear as you walk through this former 19th century commercial area with buildings dating back to the mid-1860s. Whether you’re looking for a night out on the town or a relaxing weekend with the family, the Richmond, Indiana Depot District offers fun for everyone!

Dozens of locally-owned shops offer an array of antiques, art, furniture, home décor, hand-crafted chocolates, rare books, clothing and other treasures that you won’t find anywhere else.

Enjoy a delicious meal, cup of coffee or a tasty treat at one of our nine fantastic eateries, pubs and breweries. “You’re not leaving until you eat something!” is the motto of the Depot District’s authentic Italian Market, Maria Mitrione’s.

Spend an evening with friends listening to great live music and enjoying a drink at our fabulous pubs and entertainment venues such as the 4th Floor Blues Club, E Street Pub, Firehouse BBQ and Blues Club, Little Sheba’s, New Boswell Brewery and Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room.

Model Train Displays, Kids Train Rides, Mural Art, Spa treatments, Yoga Classes and Pottery Painting is all available, too!

The Depot District Association also hosts several free community festivals such as the Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival, Taste of Italy Italian Festival and Oktoberfest. Plus, events like the Model T Homecoming, Vintage Wheels Car Show and First Friday Car Shows.

Plus, there is plenty of Free Parking for all our visitors!

Depot History

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In the Historic Richmond, Indiana Depot District, our great shopping, delicious restaurants & pubs and exciting entertainment venues are set to the backdrop of the famous 1902 Pennsylvania Train Depot.

Richmond’s Pennsylvania Depot bore witness to 20th Century events that not only shaped Wayne County but also the nation. Historically and architecturally it is Wayne County’s glittering jewel.

Designed by world-renown architect Daniel Hudson Burnham, the genius behind such valuable historical edifices as the Union Station in Washington D.C., the Rookery building in Chicago and the Flatiron Building in New York, his name alone gives the structure international significance, as it is his last surviving artistic achievement in Indiana.

When it opened for business on Monday, July 7, 1902, it was the third depot to be on the site there and quickly became a flashpoint of activity for the high and the mighty, for the busy and stalwart, for the risen and fallen, for presidents and fugitive slaves, for war veterans, world-class entertainers and countless denizens from all stripe of life.

All presidents who held the office from the late 1800s up through the 1950s came through by train. This included Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The Pennsylvania Depot at its peak had a 24-hour restaurant, all-night news racks, a shoeshine stand and a barbershop.

At this site luminaries such as Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill Cody, Lew Wallace, William Tecumseh Sherman, Carrie Nation, John Phillips Sousa, Helen Keller, Will Rogers, Booker T. Washington, Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael, Joe Louis, Robert Frost, Marion Anderson, Billy Sunday, Gene Autry, Clyde Beatty, Pablo Casals, Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, Tom Mix, Ken Maynard, the Marx Brothers, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, William Tecumseh Sherman, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Fletcher Henderson, Jack Benny, Sammy Davis Jr., Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Eleanor Roosevelt paraded through.

After being empty for 35 years this structure was recently saved through the efforts of Richmond Community Members, historical preservationists and local business owners Roger and Theresa Richert, who purchased the building in 2010.