Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Museum
Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Museum, located in the historic Pulaski Train Depot, suffered
fire on November 17, 2008. The depot's grand reopening was celebrated on June 11, 2011 and is now a community meeting space. A new museum will be constructed across the street and is expected to open in 2012.
Pulaski Train Depot, built of native granite from the Peak
Creek bed by Italian masons in 1886, is on the National Register
of Historic Places. A significant effort took place in 1986
to restore the Pulaski Depot which now serves as the home
of the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Museum and the Greater
Pulaski Alliance, Inc.
Town, which according to its historical marker, "was
founded at the coming of the railroad," was
a booming industrial center by the late 1880's. The proximity
of coal lead to the development of foundries and the smelting
of minerals. Later
economic cycles saw the emergence of consumer industries such
as textiles and furniture making. The Town of Pulaski also
played an important role as a retail and entertainment center
for Southwest Virginia.
Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Museum offers a display of
the history and culture of the Pulaski area. The
Museum's artifacts include historic photographs, items from
the founding industries and the Town's railroad past, newspapers
chronicling important events locally and nationally, and a model