Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum

Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum

Today, more than 100 years after the first train arrived along the Bay shoreline, the past has been recaptured thanks to the selfless work of local preservationists and the Calvert County Historical Society. Countless hours of labor have brought the original station back to life. A group of dedicated volunteers help the curator ensure that the history of the railway and the resort are not forgotten.

Its goals are:

  • To collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit objects and information relating to the Chesapeake Beach Railway and the towns and resorts of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach, as well as general topics of railroad and local history.
  • To preserve and protect the structure of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Station while maintaining the building and grounds as a public space.
  • To provide educational services to include programs, exhibits, audiovisuals, and publications for the use of students, educators, and the general public on the history of the Chesapeake Beach Railway, the towns of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach, railroad technology and history, and bayside resorts.
  • To enhance community pride through identification of citizens with the history and traditions of their community, and to further community relations.

Enter Your Location

Hours

The Museum is open from Mid-March through November

Weekends Only Mid-March - March 31
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Weekday and Weekend Hours April 1 - October 31
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Weekends Only November 1 - 30
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please Note: Special Weekend Hours - June 1 through August 31
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Admission is free; museum memberships are available for a nominal fee.

History

Conceived in the late 19th Century as a resort to lure visitors from Washington and Baltimore to its carousel, band shell, dance pavilion and roller coaster, this Southern Maryland town was serviced by the Chesapeake Beach Railway. From 1900 until 1930 Chesapeake Beach was a thriving independent community.

People would mainly come for day trips by railway and steamboats like "The Dixie" and "The Dreamland." Only 28 miles from Washington, DC, people with more leisure time would flock to Chesapeake Beach for the cool breezes and salt water.

Unfortunately, the Depression and the rise of the automobile killed the railroad route, but the train station survives and is the setting for this museum exploring the resort's heyday, the rail line that served it and early 20th Century transportation and tourism. Exhibits include photographs of trains and the town, a model train, a diorama of the resort, and a surviving kangaroo from the carousel.

Activities

The Chesapeake Beach Railway station, fashioned into a museum in 1979, recreates memories of the Bayside resort of nearly a century ago. The museum offers visitors an audio-visual presentation featuring the history of the Chesapeake Beach Railway, as well as artifacts, photographs, and exhibits portraying resort life and transportation in the early 1900's.

The Railway Museum also offers a number of programs during the summer for children and families. Please call or visit the museum's web site for more information.

Facilities

Museum and outdoor train-related exhibits.

Accessibility

Museum is handicapped accessible.

Events

  • There are no events scheduled.

Related Trip Ideas

  • There are no trip ideas.

Nearby Places

Weather

Main image: Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
Captain John Smith Trail
Top