Originally constructed around 1850 when the Stockbridge & Pittsfield Railroad (leased by the original Housatonic Railroad) came to the area, Lenox station was one of three within the town, the others being at Lenox Dale and New Lenox. The original Lenox station was located at the intersection of Housatonic and Crystal Streets, and served the Housatonic Railroad and later the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad after 1892. It burned to the ground on January 24, 1902.
On September 29, 1902, The Berkshire Eagle reported that the construction contract for the new station had been let to James Clifford & Sons of Lenox and that work would begin immediately. The building was speculated to be constructed of rustic field stone and stucco with a commodious waiting room. The construction was estimated to cost $13,000. Excavation of the cellar, located just north of the burned station, began October 8 of the same year. Construction of the station took less than a year and was completed in July 1903. The 1903 Lenox station continued to serve the affluent cottagers, locals and visitors of somewhat lesser means for many years.
BSRM's Lenox Station - All photos by Ross Mealey
After its abandonment in the 1950s, Lenox station was used as a repair shop, a carpentry shop, and a warehouse for construction materials. In 1986, the building was donated to the museum by George Taylor and Joseph Consolini of Restorations, Inc. Since then, the museum has expended over ten thousand volunteer hours and over $100,000 to restore the exterior to its 1903 appearance, and has it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Lenox station houses the museum's administrative office, ticket office and museum store.
The Museum Store located inside Lenox Station offers a wide variety of Berkshire Scenic Railway logo souvenirs, Polar Express items, as well as other train-related gifts, toys, books, DVDs and more! We also carry items by Melissa & Doug, including their line of wooden train sets, add-on pieces, puzzles and more. Plenty of gift ideas for "big kids" too. Plan on doing some of your holiday shopping during your next visit. We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. Each purchase helps support our volunteer-driven restoration projects.
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