The Boonsboro Trolley Station Museum

The Boonsboro Trolley Station Museum

OPEN 2nd & 4th Sundays
1 - 4 PM

May - October

220 N. Main Street, Boonsboro, MD 21713

Contact HFRHS to request a special visit appointment

Our organization operates a museum in partnership with the National Road Heritage Foundation. The museum can be found inside of the the last surviving trolley station in Washington County, Maryland.

New for 2023, we have upgraded the museum to provide a brand new visitor experience! The museum is open select Sundays from May through October. We are also open for several town events and by appointment. This project was funded by a mini-grant from the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.

Trolleys first came to Boonsboro in August of 1902. They provided passenger, freight, mail and parcel service to the community until October 1938. The station has stood on this site for over 110 years and was restored and opened as a museum in 2009.

Our exhibits tell the story of the entire trolley system using photographs and artifacts from our Society's collection. You will learn how the railway began, what trolleys operated across the system, what towns were connected, and how those communities were affected by trolley service. Exhibits also overview the evolution of the trolley system into the regional power company as well as other business ventures in which the company took part.

National Road Museum

Right next door, the National Road Heritage Foundation is building Maryland's only museum dedicated to our nation's first federal highway: the National Road. The historic road runs in front of both museums. Once completed, the two museums will together teach different yet connected parts of central Maryland's rich transportation history; trolley service began in Frederick County due to the decline of the National Pike at the end of the 19th century, and trolley service declined as the roads were drastically improved during the 1920s. The National Road Museum is expected to open in 2024.

While in the Area

There is so much to do around Boonsboro why not consider making your visit a whole day experience!

  • The Boonesborough Museum of History is one block to the east of the Trolley Station. It is open every Sunday May-December from 1-4 pm
  • The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum is only a 15 minute drive from the station. That museum opens every 2nd Saturday & Sunday from 1-4pm
  • The Boonsboro Historical Society's Historic Bowman House one block to the west of the Trolley Station. The Bowman House is open every 4th Sunday April-October with hearth cooking demonstrations.
  • Crystal Grottoes Caverns has been providing tours for over 100 years. You can find the caverns south of town.
  • Historic Downtown Boonsboro offers quality restaurants and several fine shops and boutiques. This including a historic hotel and gift shop owned by New York Times Best Selling Author Nora Roberts and Turn The Page Bookstore operated by her husband.
  • Nearby attractions also include:
    • The nation's first Washington Monument
    • Antietam National Battlefield
    • Gathland and Greenbrier State Parks
    • Museums and parks in Hagerstown
    • The Appalachian Trail
    • Numerous other historic sites, vineyards and other attractions.

Seeking volunteers!

If you would like to volunteer with the Boonsboro Trolley Station Museum, please consider a membership to either organization and let us know that you would like to be a Trolley Station Host.

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Click Here for a list of all of our extra exhibit content. You also access these using the QR codes at each related exhibit.