Berea celebrates its history with “L & N Day”
BEREA, Ky (WTVQ) – A Kentucky town is preserving its history for future generations.
Saturday, the City of Berea celebrated its rich history not only in the arts, but its long history with the Louisville and Nashville Railraod with its 21st annual “L & N Day.” The event is held every year at the Berea Welcome Center, a train station built for the L & N Railroad in 1917.
The event is a tradition in the community, with many Berea residents returning year after year.
Ron Saylor, a Madison County resident and an avid railroad fan, has been attending the event since it began in 2000.
“It keeps the memory of trains alive in this area, though a lot of trains still pass through Berea,” said Saylor.
“L & N Day” featured events for all ages, with activities for kids, model trains available for purchase and for display, food trucks, handmade art for sale, and live bluegrass music.
“I grew up in Berea and have always been around this train station and it’s just awesome to come and see a bunch of model trains with your kids now that you’re older,” said Berea resident Mark Ramsay.
The Berea Welcome Center is the only brick L & N train station still standing between Cincinnati, Ohio and Knoxville, Tennessee, and was one of the few brick stations to be built on that line. The station shares a deep connection between the town, Berea College, and the town’s history in the arts.