Darlington Depot Museum

And Visitor Information Center

The museums (both Darlington Depot and main museum) are open to the public free of charge.  There are regular operating hours but both can be opened by request.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you need access beyond posted hours.  To request additional access, call 608-776-8340 at least two business days in advance of your visit. Contact US

School field trips:  We can customize the experience to area of study and grade level.  The society has grant funding to cover transportation costs for schools. 

We are the home of the Southwest Wisconsin Chapter of NRHS. To join NRHS (our chapter) if you love railway history as much as we do, visit nrhs.com. OR just join LCHGS.

DARLINGTON DEPOT MUSEUM & WELCOME CENTER

S Washington Street and the Cheese Country Recreation Trail near Ann Street in Darlington.

BIG NEWS: Project Underway to restore the CABOOSE on the tracks beside the Depot. DONATE to help make this happen!

Location – perfect for Campers and ATV visitors to stop in on summer weekends, the Depot sits between the ATV trail that was once part of the railroad bed, and Pecatonica River Trails Park Campground. There is ample parking beside the building.

Access – the Station Building is at ground level.  The Warehouse building is about 4 stair steps higher and wheelchair accessible by a ramp from the paved campground side of the buildings to the deck with entry to both buildings.

History — Built in 1889.  After the trains stopped running it was owned by the Kiwanis Club which worked with local Boy Scouts to preserve and restore it.  They added the adjoining warehouse structure in 1997.  The two buildings were originally connected but the warehouse had been moved and repurposed.  When it was moved back it had to remain separate from the Station building to accommodate a water main.  The two are connected by a deck between them.  The Historical Society has owned them since 2006.

The buildings have been repaired, landscaped, re-roofed and re-painted with the generous assistance of the community including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Kiwanis Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Darlington High School Students, Jim Mathys, Frank Graham, Robert and Emaline Bond, Mandy Wolf, DUWI, Dave Reed, Darlington Community Fund, Brad Wilborn, Dale Zywicki, Joe Boll, and more. 

Hours – 1 to 4 pm, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day).  Additionally we open for special events or other hours by request. Call ahead and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Inside –

  • the Station Building has a model railroad, train equipment, framed photos and descriptions of local railroad events, railroad and travel artifacts, and a collection of Florence Bennett paintings of county train depots. 
  • The Warehouse Building has displays related to area industry including dairy farming, mining, creamery, Badger State Mineral Water (the pop factory), movie theater, early banking and more.
  • The Station is also a Visitor Welcome Center with information on tourist attractions of the surrounding area.

Outside – 1937 Steel Caboose under restoration to represent the Milwaukee Road line that served our area.