Our new home in Rockledge has a very appropriate history. Constructed in 1927 as a small textile mill, one of many in this area. One hundred years ago the Rockledge vicinity hosted many textile mills and the related merchants. Thousands worked in the mills until the industry moved to the southern states. Our building was one of the last, still in operation until the 1980’s.
The railroads and the textile industry were dependent on each other. The railroads delivered the construction materials for the mills and the looms. Once constructed the railroads transported the cotton, fabric, thread and other components. The mills shipped out finished goods on the railroads. Some went out in small lots via Railway Express — the UPS of the day. Larger orders could be shipped less than car load (LCL). Large orders would ship in full box car loads.
Rockledge Model Railroad Museum and Gatsme Model Railroad Club, Inc. are both recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations.