In 2010 an unsuccessful application was made to acquire a Federal grant administered through the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) to restore Ridgely’s 1892 Train Station as a Visitor’s Center. Below are preliminary designs of the failed attempt.
In 2013 another application was submitted to acquire a same Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant to restore the 1892 Ridgely Train Station as an Interpretive Center. This application was approved and the plans were to have the station restored in time for the Town of Ridgely’s 150th Anniversary celebration scheduled in 2017.
After a long, arduous approval process, work was begun on February 10th, 2017. Restoration of the train station was completed seven months later on September 22nd – less than 24 hours before a parade and ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked off the Sesquicentennial celebration.