From the outside of “Gatherings at the Depot” you may just see a large brick structure that resembles a historic railroad depot. At one time in its life it was! Built in 1915 by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&W) and used until the 1950’s as a rail link between Buffalo, NY and Hoboken, NJ. This depot, once busy with rail passengers, has vastly changed from what it was once intended to be, all while still holding its vintage flare.
After years of being out of service and switching owners, eventual longtime resident of Leicester, Felix Valentino purchased the depot with hopes of someday restoring it to its original condition. Felix sought to collect antique railroad lanterns, time tables and railroad flare to further enhance the depot. After Felix passed away in early 2010, daughter and son-in-law Joni and Vince Santucci set to restore the Depot for the community to enjoy.
While once intended as a gathering place for rail passengers to get to their destination, Gatherings at the Depot has expanded to serve as a gathering place for local residents and visitors to the area, whether on vacation to the “Grand Canyon of the East” in nearby Letchworth State Park or nearby college town Geneseo, NY. Visitors can take a seat in the cozy dining area, complete with full espresso bar featuring artisan coffee and decadent treats supplied by a local coffee roaster and local bakeries. Head to the back of the depot, you will find an artisan gallery complete with artwork, photography, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and more all from local venues. We also stock a pantry full of local jams, nut butters, honey, soups and more!
If you are interested in visiting a little history, relaxing in our quaint waiting-room-converted-dining- area and viewing some local artisan works you are in luck! We hope you stop by and take a look! Have any questions or comments? Leave a reply below!