West Virginia Railroad Museum
2 Railroad Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241
The West Virginia Railroad Museum is located in the historic Darden Mill in Elkins, West Virginia—a city that was built by the railroads. The Darden Mill was built in 1902, on land purchased from the West Virginia Central and Pittsburg Railway Company. It was a grain mill between 1902 and 1943, run first by the Elkins Milling Company then the Darden Company. In the second half of the 20th century, it was a farm supply store, used furniture store, and a junk shop.
The building is currently owned by C-HOPE (Citizens for Historical Opportunity, Preservation, and Education in Randolph County), who purchased and restored the building. Located just blocks from the Elkins Depot and alongside the train tracks, the Darden Mill is the ideal location for the West Virginia Railroad Museum. The museum, located above the Appalachian Forest Discover Center on the second floor, has limited parking, but free on-street parking is widely available in the downtown area.
The museum is open Thursday – Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The WVRRM presents a new temporary exhibit each year from April-October. This large exhibit is accented by pieces from our permanent collection. There is a $5 admission fee to visit the museum. Children 12 and under, and museum members, receive free admission. Contact us to arrange a group visit.