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Visiting/Office Hours: M-F 9am -5pm


Farmers Market Sundays 12pm-3pm

(JUNE-OCTOBER 2014)


301 B Madison Street

Madison, Tennessee 37115

Phone: (615) 891-1154


Discover Madison, Inc. is the parent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of Amqui Station and Visitor's Center. Formed in 2006, DMI's mission is to organize, collect, and maintain historic artifacts pertaining to Madison's history, railroading, and music. DMI and Amqui Station depend upon the efforts of our members and volunteers to continue our ambitious interpretive and educational programs as we establish the Amqui Station museum. The Visitor's Center meeting room, pavilion, and our lawn and grounds provide a unique venue for special events and the historic Amqui Station unquestionably provides the perfect backdrop!
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 Johnny and June with several of the switch operators in the Signal Tower of Amqui Station.
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May

The Big Payback! | May 6

a 24-hour online giving event to support nonprofits in Middle Tennessee! The goal? Inspire our community to come together and contribute to the life-changing work of local nonprofits. Along with donations, nonprofits are eligible for day-of incentive prizes!


June

OPENING DAY for the Amqui Station Farmers Market | June 1, 12pm-3pm

Come hear the train whistle blow at the opening of our new Farmers Market - every Sun. through October.


August

The Moonlighters - Big Band Music and dancing at the Amqui | August 9 (time TBD)


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September

The Amqui Gala, with celebrity emcees Charlie Chase & Lorianne Cook | September 20

This is a fundraising awards event that celebrates the history of Amqui Station and Visitors Center and recognizes community and artistic leaders in Madison and Greater Nashville. The 2014 Gala is September 20th and includes a reception, silent and live auctions, and seated dinner and awards ceremony followed by after-dinner dancing.
We are looking for gala sponsors, auction items, and media partners. Contact Executive Director, Cate Hamilton at 615-891-1154 for a sponsorship packet and/or auction packet.


October

Amqui Station Music Festival | Saturday October 4

Night At The Museum | October 18, 7pm

Meet Me At The Station | (TBD)

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We celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Madison's Amqui Station Train Depot in 2010. Amqui was built by the L&N as a combination station in 1910.

Our History

In 2005 we were given the Amqui Train Station to return to Madison, if we could find the $35,000 to move it. Since then, we have established our 501 (c) 3 status, acquired land donated by ATT, moved the station, set it on its permanent foundation and new home, and received approximately $1,000,000 in grants.
DMI-Amqui Station was awarded the TDOT Enhancement grant in September of 2007. After contracts were written and approved, the notice to proceed came to us from TDOT on Friday, June 12, 2009. In November of 2009 we began pouring the footers. On June 6, 2010, we held our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The Visitors Center, Pavilion, and Lawn & Grounds are available to the public for rental for weddings, corporate/business events, and other special events.
The next phase has been set in motion, and in 2012 we began the process of developing an exhibit policy and plan for the museum exhibit galleries in the historic Station. The Amqui Station Museum will focus on local and regional history, the railroad, and music. The museum will be located in the renovated Amqui train station (a 1910 L&N railroad station).

What Would Johnny Cash Say?

We asked ourselves, "Just what would Johnny say about a Farmers Market at Amqui Station Opening June 1 at 12pm?"  Follow the hashtag #JohnnySaysThankYou on Twitter for announcements!

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The History of the Amqui Station

In 1850, Kentucky was granted a charter for building and operating a railroad from Louisville to the Tennessee state line in the direction of Nashville. In 1852, the General Assembly of Tennessee granted a charter to the Edgefield and Kentucky Railroad to build a railway line connecting Bowling Green and Clarksville. The Louisville and Nashville (L & N) is born. Madison Stratton, a leader within the Haysboro community, sold land to Charles E. Woodruff on which a new station and tracks could be built. In his honor, the town was renamed “Madison Station,’ which would later be shortened to just Madison.

With the start of the Civil War in 1861, the Confederate and the Union armies had reason to be concerned about the area around Madison Station, as the railroad including the Louisville Branch and Gallatin Turnpikes, were firmly established at this time.


In 1864, Confederate General John B. Hood conducted raised against Federal rail lines to Chattanooga. Sherman sent troops to Tennessee, where they defeat the Confederates in battle near Nashville. The Confederates retreat from Tennessee for the last time, leaving the state’s railways completely in Federal hands.


Tennessee’s railroads are damaged with most of its railroad companies in financial straits by the close of the Civil War. The governor set about reconstructing the entire railroad system and by 1869, the General Assembly had appropriated millions of dollars for railroad companies.


By 1873, Madison Station was described in the Nashville City Directory as a “small station of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.” In 1910 Amqui Station was built and the community continued to grow around a switching train depot that changed the landscape of the community. At its height, Amqui served as many as 40 to 50 trains daily.


With the need for modernization of the switching and signaling railway system, L & N vacated Amqui in the second half of the 20th century.


In 1979, country music superstar Johnny Cash purchased the old train depot because of his great love of trains. He moved Amqui Station to his property in Hendersonville, a suburb northeast of Madison, and restored it to display his collection of train memorabilia.


Over the years, Amqui Station served not only as a mini-museum adjacent to the House of Cash, but also as an antique shop for June Carter Cash’s vintage treasures collected during her international travels.  Upon Cash’s death in 2003, Halo Properties purchased Amqui Station and donated it back to Madison. It returned home in June 2006 to be revitalized as a museum and an education center.


After many fundraising efforts, the Amqui was put on its’ final foundation in May of 2008. In July 2008, the top the station was rejoined with the bottom.

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