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MKT Depot and Rose Garden

Lancaster's train depot was opened in December 1888 as a stop on the Dallas and Waco Railroad.  In 1891, this railroad became part of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (MKT) line, running from Dallas to the Gulf Coast of Texas.  The Depot's original location on East Main Street was slightly north of its current location at Centre and Pecan.


The Rose Garden adjacent to the Depot was dedicated in loving memory of J. Cecil Edwards, former mayor of Lancaster, by his wife Geneva Edwards Anderson and daughter, Betty Edwards Woodward.  





The Garden features many varieties of roses, including antique roses imported from Lancaster, England, along with crape myrtles and seasonal flowers that combine to create a riot of color every spring and summer.


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Rent the Historic MKT Depot and Rose Garden for your next event!

The MKT Depot and Rose Garden are available for rent for parties, showers, intimate weddings, meetings, and other special occasions.  The Depot is the perfect place for your book club, art club, or other special interest group to hold its next meeting or special event.  Together with the Rose Garden, it's a beautiful setting for weddings, bridal or baby showers, birthday parties, and corporate retreats.


For more information or to make your reservation, contact LHS Secretary Carol Strain-Burk at 972-227-1382, or send e-mail to  .


The front room (photo at right) is the site of the Historical Society's regular meetings, and will seat 25-30 comfortably, with room for a speaker and/or meeting moderator at the front.  Additionally, the table may be used for a recording secretary or for a laptop and projector for multi-media presentations.


The Historical Society offers refreshments in the reception room (photo at left) before every meeting.  This room can easily accommodate 30-35 people.  The Depot's galley-style kitchen is just on the other side of the pass-through windows shown in the photo, and features a new (2007) range, refrigerator, and microwave, along with a stainless steel sink.


Ten park benches were added to the Rose Garden in 2005, providing space for 30 people to rest and enjoy our wide variety of roses, crape myrtles, and seasonal flowers.  For OktoberFest, we brought in tables and chairs to provide dinner seating for about 110 people.  Depending on the type of event you're planning, you may want to use both the Depot and Rose Garden, which together will seat about 150 for dining.

Download our rental forms here:
Rental Agreement (PDF file size 293 KB)
Terms and Conditions (PDF file size 61 KB)

For more information or to make your reservation, contact LHS Secretary Carol Strain-Burk at 972-227-1382, or send e-mail to  .


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