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 open for the season on Saturday, May 23, 2020. (Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend).  Meanwhile, please feel free to contact us by E-mail with any inquiries, or submit genealogy requests on the form provided.

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 appreciated.

Latest News and Events

  • Sunday, March 29, 2020

    6th Annual Soup Fest and Silent Auction Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 4:00PM NewBrook Fire Station, Rte. 30, Newfane. The 6th Annual Soup Fest and Silent Auction fund raiser will be held on Sunday, March 29th at the NewBrook Fire Station …Read More »
  • Friday, August 23 — 5:30 HSWC Annual Meeting, Pot-Luck, and Trivia

    Friday, August 23 — 5:30  HSWC Annual Meeting, Pot-Luck, and Vermont Trivia NewBrook Fire Station, Route 30, Newfane 5:30  Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of Windham County 6:00  Pot-Luck — Bring a dish to share.  Drinks provided. 7:00  Vermont …Read More »
  • Sunday, August 11 — 1:00 The Old Newfane Common

    Sunday, August 11 — 1:00 Old Newfane Common, Top of Newfane Hill Road Join us and special guest, Niels Rhinehart, Archaeologist and Board Member of the Vermont Archaeology Society, as we explore the original site of the Shire Town of …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.