Do you want to learn about a fascinating part of history? Head to the Boothbay Railway Village. Take a ride on steam or diesel trains, engage in hands-on history lessons, enjoy specialty tours, and more. There’s truly something for everyone. Find out some of the best reasons to check it out this season.
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Why You Should Explore the Boothbay Railway Village
Learn About This Historic Transportation Industry
The railway system played a significant role in the history of the United States, and especially in Maine. At the Boothbay Railway Village, you can learn all about it. Conductors take you for rides on authentic steam and diesel locomotives for a truly unique experience. There are also Model T rides to enjoy, too. Be sure to see the two train stations from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For in-depth information from experts, feel free to participate in the educational tours and lectures. It’s truly fascinating and fun for all ages.
If you have a car enthusiast in your group, be sure to stop by the Antique Automobile Exhibit. Here you’ll find over 60 antique cars and trucks built between 1902 to 1962. Attendants are on hand to answer any questions you may have about the cars and artifacts on display.
Walk Through a Contemporary Village
Head back to a simpler time in history. This outdoor museum covers more than 15 acres featuring historic buildings. Check out the Village Green where people once gathered or explore the Boothbay Town Hall, built in 1847. Other noteworthy landmarks include the Spruce Point Chapel, Dingley’s General Store, and the one-room schoolhouse. Leashed dogs are also welcome to explore this outdoor area with you.
Attend Special Events
The Boothbay Railway Village hosts a number of special events throughout the summer season. The Village Green started as a place for residents to come together for celebrations, and that tradition lives on today. From baseball games to car shows and the Boothbay Village Fall Foliage Festival, there’s almost always something happening here. One of the most anticipated events is Antique Auto Days, where guests can see dozens of classic cars, hot rods, and muscle cars all in one place. A flea market and parade through downtown Boothbay Harbor round out this family-friendly event. You can also check out Artisan Days for demonstrations on wood carving, weaving, rug twining, blacksmithing, and more.
Visiting the Village
Regular hours for the Boothbay Railway Village are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May to October. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and just $7 for children. Active-duty military members and their families can enjoy free admission. In addition to all of the current attractions, stay tuned to their website or the Boothbay Railway Village Facebook page for information on the upcoming Model Railroad exhibit.
Stay at Topside Inn
After a trip to the museum, head back to Topside Inn and relax on the coast of Maine. Our bed and breakfast is just ten minutes from the village and features luxurious accommodations and amenities. We have a variety of excellent guest rooms and cottages for you to choose from.
Step inside our recently renovated Suite at Leeward Guest House and enjoy a comfortable king size bed, full kitchen, and a private porch with great views. Your stay even includes a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning! Get started on your vacation to Boothbay Harbor. Check our availability and book your stay today. We look forward to seeing you.
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