Discover the History of Windham County, Vermont


Thank you for visiting the web site of the Historical Society of Windham County in Newfane, VT.

  • The County Museum is located on the main street (Route 30) in Newfane, one of the most beautiful villages in Vermont and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The West River Railroad Museum is located on Cemetery Hill Road (a short walk from the County Museum.)
  • Visitors to the Museums have been delighted by the quality of our collection.
  • We invite you to visit and explore our museums and see for yourself why it has been described as “…one of the most intriguing small collections in Vermont.”

The County Museum and the West River Railroad Museum will be open for the 2020 season from Saturday, June 27 through Sunday, October 11.  

County Museum hours: Saturday and Sunday from Noon – 5:00PM. Wednesday from Noon – 4:00PM.  (Also by appointment.).

West River Railroad Museum:  Saturdays and Sundays from Noon – 5:00 PM.  (Also by appointment.)

Admission: Admission is always free to the Museums of The Historical Society of Windham County.  Donations are appreciated.

Please feel free to contact us by E-mail with any inquiries, or submit genealogy requests on the form provided.


Latest News and Events

  • Friday, August 28 – HSWC Annual Meeting

    Due to COVID-19, this year’s meeting will not feature the traditional pot-luck and the story telling program as we had originally planned. However, an August annual meeting is a requirement of the Historical Society’s Bylaws, and will take place for …Read More »
  • NOTE:  Any changes to the Museum’s scheduled events and opening hours due to COVID-19 restrictions will be updated on this website.  Check back here regularly for the most up-to-date information.  Read More »
  • Trunkside Tales with Ted Lawrence

    Due to COVID-19, the Trunkside Tales program scheduled for Sunday, June 14th, will be rescheduled at later date. West River Railroad Museum, Cemetery Hill Road, Newfane Ted Lawrence is a gifted storyteller and veteran of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum …Read More »

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Become a member of the Historical Society of Windham County to support local history. Your membership includes a subscription to our newsletter, free admission to our Summer Programs, and more. Join today.