Ashland Railroad Station - Ashland, NH
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
N 43° 41.409 W 071° 38.011
19T E 287760 N 4840829
Dating from 1875 this railroad station is now operated as a museum by the Ashland Historical Society, and is the site for a New Hampshire Historical Marker as well.
Waymark Code: WM1ECM
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Date Posted: 04/19/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member SCOTUS
Views: 101

The Ashland Historical Society's newest museum opened in 1999. The building was originally built circa 1869 as a passenger station by the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad. That railroad merged with the Concord Railroad in 1890 to form the Concord & Montreal Railroad. In 1891, the new railroad moved the station onto a new foundation and remodeled it to its present appearance.

The Concord & Montreal Railroad came under the control of the Boston & Maine Railroad in 1895. For decades, the station was the gateway to Ashland and the Squam Lakes region for most travelers. Then, in the middle of the 20th century, the car and the plane supplanted the train. Regular passenger service to Ashland ended in October of 1959. In 1960, the B&M RR sold the station to Joseph Curley. His widow, Vera Curley, generously donated the property to the Ashland Historical Society in 1980.

In 1997-1998, the building was restored and renovated for use as a railroad museum and a meeting place for the Society under ISTEA, a federal aid transportation program administered by the N.H. Department of Transportation. It was dedicated as a museum on June 26, 1999. The museum is one of the best preserved late 19th century railroad stations in New Hampshire, and houses a growing collection of railroad artifacts, pictures, and documents. The local scenic railroad occasionally stops at Ashland during their popular excursions.
Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: No

Is the station/depot open to the public?: Yes

If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?:

What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: Concord & Montreal, Boston & Maine Railroad

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