Railroad and county museums open for the season

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NEWFANE — The Windham County Museum and the West River Railroad Museum are now open for the season through Indigenous Peoples Day in October.

The Historical Society of Windham County was founded in 1927 to preserve the history of Windham County. The brick federal style County Museum (on Route 30) was built in 1936 as a showcase for the Society's extensive collection. Two floors of exhibition space display examples of early Vermont furniture, folk art, Civil War artifacts, clothing, toys, and tools that all tell stories of Windham County's history. Its archives include early documents, records and photographs spanning three centuries of Windham County history.

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).

County Museum hours: Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

West River Railroad Museum hours: Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Both museums are located in the Village of Newfane which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission is free. See the Historical Society's website for the latest news and schedule of events: www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org.

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