A group of students from Transylvania University, located in Lexington, Kentucky, helped to clean out the Parsons Railroad Depot this morning. The students also assisted on several farms in the area this week, as part of a spring break trip called Food, Faith, & Sustainable Growing in Appalachia.
After years of neglect, the Parsons depot was in need of a thorough cleaning. Amidst all the dust and bric-a-brac, however, were many interesting items, from iron railroad tools to historic photos and newspaper clippings. After washing the windows, sweeping the floors, clearing out the closets, getting rid of junk, and picking up trash, the depot began to look much more like its former self.
Nearby in the historic Tucker County Bank Building, several of the volunteers continued the hard work of cleaning up the two upper floors. Led by PRO ON TRAC chairman Jimmy Judy, they washed windows, pulled out old nails, and swept.
We greatly appreciate these hard-working young people who have sought out opportunities to serve others during their vacation. These two historic buildings mean a lot to the Parsons community and are well worth preserving for future generations to enjoy.
If you would like to assist with the Railroad Depot or the Bank Building, please get in touch with us at (304) 478-6009 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It takes a lot of time and effort to rehabilitate these buildings, and we welcome anyone who wants to help. You can also support our work by donating money or supplies; please mail contributions to Parsons Revitalization Organization, P.O. Box 203, Parsons, WV 26287.