Herald Staff Writer
The historical train station at 361 Fourth St. NW is sure to grab your attention as you drive by.
The train station was built in 1890, making it one of Barberton’s oldest buildings. The Erie Depot was a hot spot for celebrities in the past. Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft made appearances during their presidential campaigns.
Gary and Rhonda Ziegenhorn, owners of The Depot, ventured out to Barberton from Long Beach California 12 years ago for their church. After they had dinner one night with their pastor, they drove past The Depot and were drawn to its unique appearance. After taking a historical tour of Barberton, they fell in love with the city. “Both of us are history people,” Gary Ziegenhorn mentioned. Six years later, they saw the train station was up for sale and they had the idea to turn it into an ice cream shop, so they decided to buy it. “This building just grew in our hearts,” Gary Ziegenhorn explained. It took them two years to have the building reconstructed.
“This is something that we wanted to do. We wanted to help Barberton and we had the money to do it,” said Gary Ziegenhorn. The couple was able to repurpose the old train station so the community could use it again. They are passionate about helping the city.
They are celebrating the third season their business has been open. “We have been blessed with a wonderful staff and customers,” Gary Ziegenhorn said.
Their unique menu items offer sweet and savory tastes for everyone. They carry 20 flavors of ice cream, delivered straight from Madison, Wisconsin. Stop by to enjoy their new fall flavored ice cream. They specialize in Waffolds, bologna burgers and a cookie and ice cream desert combination they call the “Caboose.”
It’s a great environment to come in and relax with indoor seating and an outdoor patio.
Inside you can find historical photos of the train station along with toy trains in their gift shop. Outside they have a train that people can ride. They post when they are giving train rides on their Facebook page.
Hours Monday through Thursday are 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, singer songwriter, Nick Allegro, of North Canton will perform from 7-9 p.m.