Is seeing a century-old steam locomotive on your bucket list? Head to the Boothbay Railway Village! This recreated town features a collection of antique autos that changed life along the coast of Maine between 1850 and 1950. Visitors can enjoy steam or diesel train rides, hands-on history lessons, specialty tours, and more. There’s truly something for everyone! Here’s why a trip to the village should be on your vacation itinerary.
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Spend an Afternoon at the Boothbay Railway Village
Exhibits & Attractions
The heart of the Boothbay Railway Village is, of course, the village. This outdoor history museum covers more than 15 acres and features over two dozen historic buildings, transporting visitors to a time before cell phones, computers, and television. Check out the Village Green where people once gathered to socialize, or explore the Boothbay Town Hall, built in 1847. Other interesting landmarks include the Boothbay Volunteer Fire Department, the Blacksmith Shop, and Dingley’s General Store.
If you have a car enthusiast in your family, be sure to stop by the village’s 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 other artifacts on display.
Events & Activities
The Boothbay Railway Village hosts a number of special events throughout the summer season. From vintage baseball games to car shows and book festivals, there’s almost always something happening on the Village Green. 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.
Hours & Admission
The museum’s 2017 season runs from May to October, and admission is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for children. This year, rail trips will depart on the hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. On most Mondays, expect to ride aboard the 1925 Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railbus. Rides on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be held on a train powered by a 1940s Whitcomb diesel engine. The museum also plans to operate their Henschel steam engines on Fridays and weekends. Feel free to call ahead and confirm the train schedule on the day of your visit.
Come Home to the Topside Inn!
After a wonderful trip to the museum, head back to our bed and breakfast and relax. Our property is just a 10-minute drive from the village and features luxurious guest rooms and amenities. Each room is decorated in a simple and classic Maine style, and many feature fantastic views of the water. Your stay even includes a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning! Check our availability or call us at (207) 633-5404 to make your reservations. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
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