Open for the Season!

Hello everyone! Are you excited?

Our museum will open tomorrow, April 30th, and be open until the end of October. Come and visit us Thursday through Sunday, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, at the Darden Mill at 101 Railroad Avenue in Elkins, West Virginia!

Admission is $5 for everyone over 12 years old. Our first free admission day is May 27th!

This year’s exhibit is called Coal and the Railroad and tells the story of the development of the coal and railroad industries in West Virginia. This exhibit features a guest exhibit from the Friends of Blackwater in Thomas, West Virginia, about the coal and railroad industrial complex built by Henry Gassaway Davis. They’ve done a really job– and you can see their work at our exhibit and at the rail trail in Thomas!

This exhibit was made possible in part by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.


Oral History Project

We are excited to announce that our AmeriCorps service member, has finished her major service project– an oral history series with six retired railroaders! We are so grateful to our interviewees for sharing their time and stories with us and our audience.

The West Virginia Oral History Project would not have been possible without the support of the West Virginia Humanities Council mini grant.

Check out our YouTube channel to access all six interviews!

New Hours of Operation & New Tygart Flyer

New Tygart Flyer pulling into Elkins Welcome Depot, July 1st 2021

How exciting! It’s July! Happy 4th of July in advance of the holiday– we hope everybody is celebrating safely.

We invite anybody on the excursion train to consider visiting the West Virginia Railroad Museum in the Darden Mill (just down the street from the Depot!). To make sure anybody who wants to visit us has the opportunity to do so, we are expanding our hours of operation.

We are now open Thursday – Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Our exhibit is ’20-’20 Visions: 100 Years of Railroading in West Virginia and features high-quality railroad photography from our featured artist, Dr. Frederick J. Ripley.

Dr. Frederick J. Ripley at our exhibit, June 18th, 2021
Guests enjoying Dr. Ripley’s photography

2021 Museum Opening!

Hello everyone! It’s spring! Are you excited?

Our new opening weekend is Friday, April 30th – Sunday, May 2nd from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Our exhibit this season is called ‘20 – ‘20 Visions: 100 Years of West Virginia Railroading, and it is an ambitious, insightful, and expansive comparison of West Virginia’s railroad industry in the 1920s, and now, in the 2020s. Our exhibit features the professional railroad photography of Dr. Frederick J. Ripley as he explores the features of the railroad in West Virginia and surrounding areas, and his colorful modern images contrast our historic images and artifacts.

We are located on the second floor of the Darden Mill in Elkins, West Virginia, on the corner of 1st and Railroad Avenue. Come and see how your life is connected to the railroad, and how different that relationship might be if you lived here 100 years ago.

We will continue to be open the month of May on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The Discovery Center, which is on the first floor of the Darden Mill, will be opening up that same weekend. If you come by to learn about West Virginia railroad history, you should go downstairs and learn about the area’s gorgeous national forests!

Exhibit Preview Weekend

Our exhibit, 20 – 20 Visions: 100 Years of West Virginia Railroading will open for a “preview weekend” this Thursday, 6/4 though Sunday, 6/7!

Our hours will be 10am-4pm each day.

To keep guests and staff safe, we will ask visitors to practice social distancing while at the museum. We also ask that everyone please wear masks to protect all visitors and our staff.

The admission fee will be waived for this special preview weekend, but we will kindly accept donations! Please check our Facebook page for updates on anticipated regular season dates and hours.

We are looking forward to sharing the exhibit with you all!

Season Opening

We are happy to announce that we are tentatively planning to reopen Thursday, June 4!

In accordance with state and local guidelines, we will limit the amount of visitors and ask everyone to please give at least six feet between themselves and other groups. We also ask all guests to please bring their own masks and wear them in the museum.

If the opening date is rescheduled we will post it here, so please keep checking back. We are excited to have our visitors here again!


We are sorry to announce that due to COVID-19, our annual members’ meeting originally scheduled for April 18-19 is cancelled. Tentatively, our museum will still open April 25. We will post updates as the situation evolves. We look forward to sharing our new exhibit with everyone — hopefully in the not-too-distant future!