DIRECTIONS/PHOTO EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
Classes are taught in Byron at the Historic Byron Depot
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DIRECTIONS TO HISTORIC BYRON DEPOT
401 Main Street, Byron GA 31008
From I-75 Get off at the Byron exit 149 and head toward Ft Valley on HWY 49 passing the Raceway gas station and Jeff Smith Ford, etc. At the second or third stop light (depending on which direction you were headed on I-75) turn onto Main Street by the Dollar General (Main Street only goes in one direction - White Road goes the other direction) Go about 1/4 mile and turn right onto Heritage Street BEFORE the railroad tracks and park by the red caboose that sits beside the depot.
A little about the Historic Depot: In the early 1850s, Byron was a flag-stop on the Southwestern Railroad and was known as "Number One and One-Half Station." It had a wood rack for wood-burning engines that was kept by Nimrod Jackson, so later the settlement became known as Jackson Station. The peach industry brought bankruptcy as well as wealth. Byron became one of the largest peach growing and shipping areas in the South. During fruit season, Byron was a beehive of activity; often 30 or 40 cars of peaches were shipped in one day by rail; boarding houses provided hospital care for transient fruit packers, crate makers and buyers. In Byron or nearby, there were 11 or 12 locally-owned packing sheds in operation at one time. During this time 14 passenger trains were added to the schedule. In 1942, our country was at war and often 40 to 50 troop trains or freight cars loaded with war supplies passed through Byron every 24 hours.
In 1990 local Byron residents raised $70,000 to renovate the Byron Depot, which houses a museum of our history. In 1995, Bryon's Downtown and those homes in the immediate area were designated as the Byron Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.