We have a new, easy, and free way for everyone to direct much-needed funds to the depot project. If you shop at Kroger, please select us as your Community Rewards charity. Click this link to set it up. You can search for us by name or input QI550 as the organization number. Then every time you use your Kroger Plus card, 1% is donated back to LAHS--there is NO COST to you. Want help enrolling? Bring your laptop or phone to a meeting or contact us and we will walk you through the process.
The Depot Restoration Project
For many years now, local citizens have had a vision to restore our train depot to prime condition. The depot once was the hub of the community and the LAHS believes that it can be again. The people who are connected to the depot, and the building itself, have many stories to tell that will celebrate our remarkable past, surprise our youth, and attract visitors to our town.
With the June 2019 purchase of the depot from CSX, the LAHS is ready to move forward with that vision. Will you join with us? There are several ways to be part of the effort, either as an individual, a business, or an organization.
February 2021 Depot News: Contractor Selected
At the February 2021 monthly meeting, the LAHS Board of Directors announced that we have reviewed all bids provided for the scope of work developed for us by architect Doug Karnes of McCarty Associates, LLC. Doug and the board were most impressed with the bid provided by Quality Masonry, which is located in Marion, Ohio. They have extensive experience in historical restoration work including work on the state capitol building. Closer to home, they have done repairs on the Greenfield Post Office. We have agreed to move forward with this company as our contractor for the exterior phase of the project, beginning as soon as we reach the $150,000 fundraising threshold. As of April 2021 we are still working to raise approximately $37,000. We plan to hold several fundraising events this year and are also contacting businesses to ask for their support. If you are connected to a business that might like to sponsor our project, please contact us for more information.
October 2019 Depot News:
Highland County Historical Society
Vicki Knauff, Director
Sue Honeycutt, Board Member
McCarty Associates, LLC
Tom Purtell & Doug Karnes
Grow! Highland County
OSU South Centers
Business Development Network
Railroad Tools & Solutions, LLC
Leesburg Friends Church
E.P. Ferris & Associates
MS Business Services, LLC
Kay Simmons Insurance
Kimberly LaVoie, Agent
Valero Energy Foundation
Candace Horton, Bloomingburg Plant Office Coordinator
Zach Beversdorf, Bloomingburg Plant Manager
Sterley Lightner, Bloomingburg Plant Process Operator & local advocate
Smith & Quance
Southern Hills Community Bank
Southern Ohio Appraisers, LLC
Mary Beth Hodson
The Barn & Cabin Friend, LLC