About the Museum

In May of 2016 the Morehead Railroad & Historical Museum, now on the National Register of Historic Places, opened. It hosts both a railroad museum and general historical museum of Morehead, Rowan County and Eastern Kentucky. In its first year of operation it saw more than three thousand visitors from 30 states, the District of Columbia and eight foreign countries.

Besides increasing and improving the displays in the museum, future plans include the acquisition of property adjacent to the museum and the moving of the C&O caboose to that location for restoration.

The project continues to recruit members both young and old and undertakes fundraising drives several times a year as private and corporate donations are its only source of revenue. Most of the artifacts in the museum are donations and loans from the people of Morehead and Rowan County.

The museum membership meets at 6:00 pm each month at the museum (130 East First Street) on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

If interested in joining, contact any member or call 606-780-8791.

Mission Statement

The Morehead Railroad & Historical Museum is an all volunteer organization founded for the following purposes:

  1. To promote an interest in the history and culture of Morehead, Rowan County and Eastern Kentucky.
  2. To establish and maintain a museum, specifically the C&O freight station and grounds so as to preserve the heritage of local culture.
  3. To educate the public as to the history of railroading and area history through displays, artifacts and presentations.
  4. To promote tourism in the Morehead, Rowan County area.