In 1870, the Dansville and Mount Morris Railroad began operation, a 15-mile standard-gauge short-line that ran independently until it was sold in 1985. Since then, the Dansville Mt. Morris depot has remained unused, a priceless historical building, and a repository of local history and tradition. Long in need of restoration, the depot has re-emerged as the Battle Street Brewery. It is a place that renews the glories of the past and kindles new friendships. It will truly embody the spirit of Dansville and Livingston County.
In the early 1870s, the original depot was constructed with timber post and beam construction. The depot was extended twice after the initial construction. In 1924, the depot was remodeled to allow for increased passenger travel, which included an exterior stucco finish, new canopy, and expanded passenger lounge.
The goal of creating Battle Street Brewery was to return the depot to a Dansville landmark. Heavy construction started in 2016, when the original structure was stabilized to prevent it from collapsing. The building was constructed utilizing local labor as well as regional and local materials and supplies as much as possible.
Artifacts from the original structure were re-purposed throughout the process, such as: creating tables out of the original depot doors, using old steel rails for the bar area footrest, utilizing salvaged semi-truck trailer flooring for wall paneling, and creating the bar out of donated Dansville vintage suitcases. The Hart family's photo albums line the walls while providing a pictorial history to visitors. Dad's 1947 Chevy truck is the featured Marquee that welcomes you for a pint.