The Boones Mill Depot, built in the early 1900s, was once operated by the former Norfolk & Western Railway as a passenger and freight station. The depot represents the vital role the railroad played in the economic history of Boones Mill, serving as the primary shipping point for all agricultural goods. The depot has been identified as a contributing structure to the Boones Mill Historic District, which has been determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2011, Norfolk Southern (successor to N&W) announced their plans to demolish the building due to liability concerns. It was listed on both the RVPF’s and Preservation Virginia’s Endangered Sites list for 2012. Lois Slotnick is organizing the Boones Mill Norfolk & Western Depot Restoration (BMN&WDR) to raise funds for the depot’s relocation and restoration as a museum, visitor center, and community meeting space.
The RVPF is currently accepting donations on behalf of the BMN&WDR while they obtain their 501(c)(3) status. Donations should be made payable to the ‘Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation’ and mailed to P.O. Box 1366, Roanoke, Virginia, 24007. Please be sure to identify that your donation is for the Boones Mill Depot.