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Chesapeake Beach was designed in the late 1800s as a resort town with beachfront hotels, a race track, casino, bathhouse, and beaches, as well as a 1600-foot entertainment boardwalk built over the water. Construction of the railway from Baltimore and Washington began in the late 1800s. On June 9, 1900, the first train arrived at Chesapeake Beach with a full load of passengers and much fanfare. The Great Depression and the automobile brought an end to the railroad, and on April 15, 1935, the final train chugged away from the Chesapeake Beach station. The station, fashioned into a museum in 1979, offers visitors a look to our interesting past. The site for the Railway Museum was donated in 1979 to the Calvert County Board of Commissioners by Gerald and Fred Donovan for $1/year for 99 years.


Hours and Days of Operation

The Museum is open from Mid-March through November
Weekends Only March 16 - March 31
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Weekday and Weekend Hours April 1 - October 31
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Weekends Only November 1 - 30
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please Note: Special Weekday and Weekend Hours - June 1 through August 31
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
December 1 Museum Closed to Public. Open by Appointment Only.
Special visits as staffing allows
Museum is accessible to the disabled

Admission is FREE

For more information call 410-257-3892 
or visit their website:  (leaving site)

Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
4155 Mears Avenue
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732


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