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Heading to the town of Palmer, Massachusetts and down a sharp turn is an old train depot. It sticks out, and you can't miss the parking lot filled with cars, the train tracks on either side of the station and a giant sign that screams food. We (me and four littles) headed out on a mission-to celebrate a birthday with trains. This place was perfect for my three year old. It really was because like me he loves the historical.
The train runs by every day, and we saw the train while we were feasting on traditional New England food. From the minute you step into the station to the minute you leave you are transported into the past.
I was excited to read on teh back of our menu that they will be offering Stagecoach rides soon when its warm, and I would love to go cover that. The sign above is surrounded by other cool things that are all related to trains that used to go back and forth here. Palmer is the "Town of Seven Railroads" and back in 1894 when the station was running, it was bustling. H.H Richardson was the architect that designed the station, and he was a prominent architect from Boston to Philadelphia.
The best part, you can shine your shoes, but it will take two people to do that. We also loved that they have a 1940s era working phone booth with a built in radiator (you know to cool you off).
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