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.”

Thank you for your support!

Jailhouse Rocking

The Jailhouse Rock event on Saturday, June 8 was a great success.  We’re grateful to everyone who turned out and to those who donated. We appreciate your support of this community project.

A special thanks to our event sponsors:
Fayetteville Corner * The Fat Crow * Green Mountain Wine Shop  * Hempicurean * Lost Mile Automotive * Mary Meyer * Riverbend Farm Market  *  Newfane Anew * West River Lodge

And to the Wyld Nightz Band for a great evening of music!

You can still support the renovation of the historic Windham County Jail Building here in Newfane Village:

Donate Now To Support The New Jail Building Renovation

Visit Us

The County Museum and the West River Railroad Museum will be open for the 2024 season from Saturday, May 25th through mid-October.

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

West River Railroad Museum:  Saturdays and Sundays from Noon – 4:00 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

  • Jail House Rock!

    Saturday, June 8 — 6:00PM Jail House Rock! The Common in front of the County Jail Building VT Route 30, Newfane Village Celebrate the Society’s new History Museum in the 1825 County Jail Building at this outdoor benefit concert with …Read More »
  • Windham County History Fair

    Saturday, August 10 — 10:00-4:00 Windham County History Fair The Common in Newfane Village VT Route 30 Step back in time at the biennial Windham County History Fair. Vintage exhibits of Vermont’s rich heritage by the County’s Historical Societies, along …Read More »
  • 8th Annual Soup Fest & Silent Auction

    Sunday, March 24th at 4:00PM NewBrook Fire Station, Rte. 30, Newfane The 8th Annual Soup Fest and Silent Auction fund raiser will be held on Sunday, March 24th at the NewBrook Fire Station (Route 30 in Newfane, VT). It will …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.