Historical Sites

Chatham Train Station

The Pittsylvania Historical Society saved the abandoned depot from a wrecking crew in 1998 and embarked on what was to be a 1.5 million dollar restoration, completed in June of 2012. Thee 3100 square foot station today houses a Veterans History Museum and a historical society museum that regularly changes its display of county history. The depot’s main waiting room is now a community meeting room that hosts cultural programs and meetings by civic groups.

The Pittsylvania County Public Library maintains a genealogical research center in the freight depot section of the station. Hours are from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday.  Of special interest is a scaled diorama of this Chatham Train Station, depicting the early twentieth century, with moving trains amid underpasses among panoramic views of nearby countryside and townscape.

Train enthusiasts will find a viewing platform adjacent to the depot that affords elevated viewing of a north south mainline of the Norfolk-Southern Railway that carries traffic between Lynchburg, Virginia and Danville, Virginia.