Former Wexford Post Office Deli popular attraction at museum
The transformation of Wexford Post Office Deli in Pine to the restored Wexford Trolley Station at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington has received statewide preservation award.
The project — from its 40-mile transportation from Pine to its final restoration — received an Institutional Award of Merit from PA Museums, the statewide museum association, for its overall success.
“There were a couple of things we really liked about it,” said Rusty Baker, executive director of PA Museums. “One, it was giving it new life. A lot of preservation activities going on in Pennsylvania are going on around old buildings and things that are hard to repair and hard to replace that get torn down, and the Wexford Station had that potential. But at the end of its life as a deli, there was an opportunity to get a new life rather than just be plowed under.”
The group that reviews nominations also liked how the station fit with the museum's overall mission and the way the organization went about securing the funding and volunteers, laying out the logistics of moving the 109-year-old wood structure then working to restore it to how it looked when it functioned as a stop on the Harmony Route.
“There were a lot of successes wrapped up in that,” Baker said.
It's nine months since the station opened to museum goers.
The station now houses exhibits, including maps and photos of streetcar service in Western Pennsylvania, including a large black-and-white photo that once hung in the trolley station in Evans City. According to Scott Becker, the Trolley Museum's executive director, they are currently working on building a track in front of the station. He said that they were very honored to be chosen for the award, and added that since its opening in October 2016, the station has been a popular attraction.
“It's funny, it seems like every day we have people who want to see it,” he said. “We just yesterday had a couple from Zelienople who came just to see the station. Quite frankly, a lot of people remember it as the deli and have a lot of fond memories of eating lunch there.”
Karen Price is a Tribune-Review contributor.