The Jefferson Depot Village, Jefferson, Ohio

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


There are numerous living history museums across the United States of America.  Very few of these museums are centered on the railroad.  One of these museums can be found in a little town in northeastern Ohio.


Welcome to the Jefferson Depot Village in Jefferson, Ohio.  The village is built around the original Jefferson train depot that was served by the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad, and it is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is comprised of different structures from the region that were brought here to create a living history museum.  The construction of the depot, the only structure on the property that is in its original location, began in 1863, but regular passenger service began in 1872.  Passenger service ended in 1956, and freight service ended in 1961.  Instead of letting the depot go to waste, it was restored and was made part of the…

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