Museum is open for season
NEWFANE- The County Museum and the West River Railroad Museum are now open for the season through Columbus Day weekend in October.
The Newfane Railroad Station has recently been restored as the West River Railroad Museum. It comprises the old depot and water tank house, both of which were built in 1880. It houses a large collection of artifacts documents, and photographs documenting the railroad’s impact over its 50 years of operation in the West River Valley. The Railroad Museum on Cemetery Hill Road is a short walk from the Historical Society’s County Museum on Main Street (Route 30).
The Historical Society of Windham County was founded in 1927 to preserve the history of Windham County. The brick, federal-style County Museum was built in 1936 as a showcase for the society’s extensive collection. Two floors of exhibition space display impressive examples of early Vermont furniture, folk art, Civil War artifacts, clothing, toys, and tools all telling stories of Windham County’s history. Its archives include early documents, records, and photographs spanning three centuries.
Museum hours are Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays from 12 to 5 pm, or by appointment. West River Railroad Museum hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 5 pm, or by appointment.
Both museums are located in the village which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission is always free and school group visits are encouraged.
For more information visit www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org.