Where is Perryville, Maryland? If you were asked that question, most of you would have no idea where the town is, and you would say that you have never been anywhere near this town. The truth is that if you have driven along Interstate 95 or U.S. Route 40 or have taken an Amtrak train between Baltimore and Wilmington, Delaware, you have passed through Perryville. Some of you may have stopped at the truck stop. It is on the eastern shore of the Susquehanna River where it empties out into the Chesapeake Bay. Perryville has been a town that millions of people have passed. Before Interstate 95, U.S. 40 and Amtrak, Perryville was a ferry port where people crossed the river from Havre de Grace to continue on their journeys. Among those travelers was George Washington, the first President of the United States and Commander of the Continental Army who made notes in his diary about the stops he made at what is now Rodgers Tavern which is still in its original location and was where many travelers would eat and spend the night. (You can visit Rodgers Tavern for tours on the weekends.) It is a little known town whose history predates the United States with the discovery of the land by Captain John Smith, and it has been a factor in the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War and to railroads. It is here where you will find the Perryville Railroad Museum.
Opened in December of 1996 in what was originally the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot of Perryville but is now the Marc Train Station, the Perryville Railroad Museum does have its normal artifacts, but it honors the railroad workers of Perryville and displays the railroad heritage of the Perryville region. It has photos from the town from years past as well as a model train display depicting the railroad junction where the museum is situated today. They have a large collection of old railroad magazines. The best part of visiting this museum is to stand outside and watch the trains roll on by. It is a small place, but it has much to offer.
The Perryville Railroad Museum, as mentioned, is located inside the Marc Train Station in Perryville, Maryland located at 650 Broad Street (Maryland Route 7) in between the two railroad bridges. Admission is free, but they will gladly accept your donations to help keep this gem of a museum operational. It is run by volunteers of the Perryville Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. It is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00noon to 4:00pm. It is just a short ten minute drive from Interstate 95 and five minutes from U.S. 40. You can go to http://www.perryvillemd.org/transportation/pages/perryville-railroad-museum to find more information about the museum.