Why an old train station in Greenville has a roof shaped like a witch’s hat

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A hundred years ago, trains passed through the town of Greenville on a nearly hourly basis, shuttling both passengers and Maine-made cargo like lumber, shoes, furniture and slate quarried in nearby Monson to and from destinations north to south.

Those trains left decades ago, however, and though the rail lines in large part remain and freight service continues, the train stations that dotted the landscape between Maine and Montreal have almost all either been demolished or left to decay.

The Greenville Depot hasn’t met the same fate, though, thanks to the efforts of local community members who have raised money and worked to restore the 133-year-old train station — one of the most distinct buildings of its kind in New England.

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