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 2023 season from Saturday, May 27th through Sunday, October 8th.  

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

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    Sunday, November 5 — 2:00PM The JFK Assassination — What They Told Me. A Talk with William Holiday Dutton Gymnasium, Route 30, Townshend In advance of the publication of his book on the JFK Assassination, William (Bill) Holiday will share …Read More »
  • Newfane Heritage Festival

    Saturday & Sunday, October 7 – 8 Newfane Heritage Festival Newfane Common Visit our booth at the Newfane Heritage Festival! Photographs, old books, greeting cards on sale, bargain table and much more.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.