Orange Park, Florida: Presidential Train Car - Georgia 300

The railroad car that Barack Obama and Joe Biden rode to their 2009 inauguration is now parked next to a Florida tea shop.
Address:
775 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, FL
Directions:
Orange Park Station. I-295 exit 10. Drive south on US Hwy 17/Park Ave. for about two miles. Bear right at the Winn-Dixie supermarket onto Hwy 224/Kingsley Ave. Drive a half-mile. You'll see a stoplight for Carnes St.; just beyond it you'll see a railroad crossing. Turn right into the parking lot just past the stoplight and just before the railroad crossing.
Phone:
904-269-1169
Admission:
Free
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Georgia 300.

Presidential Train Car "Georgia 300"

This former train station used to be a regular stop for folks traveling through Florida in the early 1900s. It was abandoned and overgrown until someone bought it in the 1990s and transformed it into a tea house and craft store.

They added some really nifty old train cars. Anyone can park and walk around the station for free. The train cars are secured behind an iron fence but you get very close to them and can see them very well.

One of the antique cars, the Georgia 300, is a vintage rail car originally placed in service in the 1930s. This is the car that carried President-elect Barack Obama and Vice-President-elect Joe Biden to their inauguration in January 2009. You can easily see the Presidential Seal on the back of the car's observation platform; it was a gift from President Bill Clinton after his own campaign trip in 1996.

[Susie S., 02/11/2016]

The train cars and the tea house actually have separate owners, although they share a parking lot. The Georgia 300 has a long history as an attraction, including a stint at the 1982 Knoxville World's Fair, where visitors could rent out its rooms. It's not currently open to the public, but rich people and corporations can lease it for trips.

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