There are many ways that you can be a part of the preservation of the Saluda Historic Depot.

Financial Donations

Make a donation through Paypal.

Mail a donation for any amount payable to the Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773

When online shopping, we invite you to shop at and select Saluda Historic Depot as your favorite charity. A small percentage of all your purchases will go toward our fundraising.

Attend and participate in our fundraising events.

Shop in our gift shop.  The gift shop has train sourvenirs, T-Shirts, posters, hats, magnets, children's gifts, and more.

Corporate Sponsors

Follow the example of railroader Captain Charles Pearson and guarantee a place in Saluda history for you and your business. In 1878, Pearson accepted the challenge of what many thought was an insurmountable task. But this chief engineer had vision, faith in the goal, and a commitment to succeed. In less than a year, his brave crew had hammered steel rails up the steep and treacherous side of Melrose Mountain to crest at 2,097 feet and today’s getaway town of Saluda, NC.

All will be acknowledged in Depot activities and promotions to help increase community good will and awareness of your business.  If you go gold or silver, you will also be highlighted in the widely circulated Historic Depot brochure and find your name engraved for posterity on the Champion’s Plaque displayed prominently in the museum. And there’s more. Download the details and then go gold, silver, or bronze with your commitment and tax-deductible contribution.


Giving other ways

Volunteers Needed

The Saluda Historic Depot is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 to 5pm, Sunday noon to 4pm. More visitors are arriving in Saluda daily. The Depot has some phenomenal displays plus souvenirs to purchase, all of which makes the depot extra busy.

We need YOU for a 2 hr shift from noon to 2pm, or, the 2-4pm shift. Plus, we need back up volunteers who can fill in when needed.

It's a fun opportunity to learn and share the history of the Saluda Grade and the Depot that was built in 1903.  Please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or email

Wish List

The board of the SHD realizes that many Saludians and visitors would like to know what they can do to help with the depot.  We have put together a “Wish List” of items and services that we need.  Items should be new or in good useable condition.

In-Kind Giving

Thanks to all of the people who have given their time to help with repairs of the depot, given reduced rates on services, donated artifacts to the museum, donated items for silent auctions, volunteered to help with events, and many more ways that you have become a part of the sustainability of the Saluda Historic Depot.

Special Appreciation to the following:

Clark Thompson, Dr. Fred McConnell, Larry Morton, Sandy Bright, Vince Verrecchio, Dean Dellinger, Jeff Swager, Jim Boyle, Jim Carson, Bill & Anne Jameson, Dale McEntire, Doc Welty

All of the docents who volunteer their time.

Saluda Historic Depot & Museum Donations & Collections Policy

Click here to learn how to donate your artifacts and historical items to the Depot.