Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
Chesapeake Beach, MD
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Brief Description: Conceived in the late 19th Century as a resort to lure visitors from Washington and Baltimore to its carousel, band shell, dance pavilion and roller coaster, this Southern Maryland town was serviced by the Chesapeake Beach Railway. From 1900 until 1930 Chesapeake Beach was a thriving independent community. People would mainly come for day trips by railway and steamboats like "The Dixie" and "The Dreamland." Only 28 miles from Washington, DC, people with more leisure time would flock to Chesapeake Beach for the cool breezes and salt water.

Unfortunately, the Depression and the rise of the automobile killed the railroad route, but the train station survives and is the setting for this museum exploring the resort's heyday, the rail line that served it and early 20th Century transportation and tourism. Exhibits include photographs of trains and the town, a model train, a diorama of the resort, and a surviving kangaroo from the carousel.

Location / Directions:

Chesapeake Beach is located on the western shore in Maryland.

From Washington's Capital Beltway (I-95/495), take Maryland Route 4 south into Calvert County.

From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), take US Route 301 south to Maryland Route 4 south.

From Virginia: take US Route 301 north across the Potomac to Maryland Route 4 South.

Proceeding on Route 4, just across the Calvert County line, take a left on Route 260. Proceed approximately 5 miles to Chesapeake Beach. When Route 260 forces a left or a right turn at a stop light turn right to visit the Chesapeake Railway Museum.

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Physical Address: Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
4155 Mears Avenue
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Mailing Address: Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
PO Box 1227
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Phone: (410) 257-3892
Activities:

The Chesapeake Beach Railway station, fashioned into a museum in 1979, recreates memories of the Bayside resort of nearly a century ago. The museum offers visitors an audio-visual presentation featuring the history of the Chesapeake Beach Railway, as well as artifacts, photographs, and exhibits portraying resort life and transportation in the early 1900's.

The Railway Museum also offers a number of programs during the summer for children and families. Please call or visit the museum's web site for more information.

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Operating Hours: Open daily May through September from 1 pm - 4 pm.
Open weekends in April and October from 1 pm - 4 pm.
Open by advance request at other times.
Fees: Admission is free; museum memberships are available for a nominal fee.
Visitor Facilities: Museum and outdoor train-related exhibits.
Accessibility: Museum is handicapped accessible.
Website: http://www.cbrm.org/

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