The Little Train Station In Piermont

The Little Train Station In Piermont

50 Ash Street, Piermont, New York.  Telephone. 1-845-398-2313. Coordinates  41.04152*N 73.91837*W
No longer in existence, the first train station in Piermont, New York, located on the Piermont Branch was opened in 1841. It was originally the main line of the New York and Erie Railroad. Located on the east side of Piermont Avenue, it was about 200 feet north of Paradise Avenue. In 1868, It had one passenger train a day travelling in each direction.
In about 1873, the Northern Railroad of New Jersey built the Piermont Railroad Station in Piermont, Rockland County, New York which was later accquired by the Erie Railroad. It had one side platform and I do believe that the tracks were removed in or before 2009. It is an historic train station featuring Stick Style exterior siding and is a light  1 1/2 story frame building atop a stone foundation. It features a Late Victorian interior. On December 3, 2008 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The opening of the Pavonia Terminal in Jersey City, New Jersey, constructed from 1886-1889 diverted most of the Erie Railroad traffic southward and it wasn't long before the Piermont Train Station was used for freight only. By the year 1916, it was a no show on any station list and finally closed down entirely in 1966. 
The station, owned by the Village of Piermont, is maintained by the Piermont Historical Society which has consistantly and constantly too!  raised funds for the completion of the Station's structural and exterior renovation which included but was not limited to replacing the missing cupola and roof support timbers. Apparently, the exterior colors were selected based on a period newspaper which described the then new station. Interior renovations might still be ongoing, however, the Piermont Train Station is open to the public on selected dates. So many people have been involved but I do believe that Lola and Richard Esnard have been spear-heading this latest round of Fundraising
You can visit this charming bit of history if you walk on the walking path in Piermont. You can also walk your dog(s) on leashes and/or ride a bicycle too. The Piermont Historical Society has many Gala events as Fundraisers for this wonderful old train station and there are many ways that a person can contribute to the monies and efforts needed to continue maintaining the station in the style to which it has now -finally- become accustomed to. The Station really needs your time and money in its ongoing push to completion and sustainability. It's yours and mine and believe it or not, held in the highest esteem by many travellers from far-flung places around the world. We all should treasure this little gem right in our own backyards.

Most of the information gathered here is from Wikipedia which was re-directed from Piermont Railroad Station.

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