Morehead Railroad and History Museum
130 East First Street | Thursday – Saturday | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Or by appointment by calling: 606-784-6039 or 606-784-5122
Rowan County has a new railroad and history museum. Established in 2016, the museum is a combination railroad and general history museum of Morehead, Rowan County and Eastern Kentucky. From railroad artifacts from the six historic railroads which ran in Rowan County, to the infamous Rowan County Feud and devastating flash flood of 1939, the museum houses artifacts large and small. Sit atop a 1947 Farmall tractor and have your picture taken. Visit the blacksmith shop and its collection of tools from a bygone era. Listen to a player piano belt out “The Old Piano Roll Blues”. Visit a real moonshine still taken in a raid and see how moonshine is made. Local Native American artifacts from arrowheads to stone tools are on display as well as a six-foot radio controlled model of the “Belle of Louisville” steamboat back when she was called the “Avalon”. An early motion picture projector called the “Cosmograph,” manufactured right here in Morehead, is in the museum as well as displays of early timber industry and home appliances from the “good old days”. Kids of all ages will enjoy the model train displays and working layouts plus our large screen theatre room where live presentations and videos are frequent additions. Each year the museum sponsors a five hour bus tour tracing the routes of the six railroads which ran in Rowan and neighboring Morgan County, and each fall the museum hosts its “Railroad Good Old Days Festival” with rides, games, live old time music and storytelling.
ROWAN COUNTY VETERANS’ MUSEUM
118 University Blvd | Sat 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and on Patriotic Holidays or via appointment by calling Danny Knipp at 606-653-7190 or Bill Bolen at 606-776-3147
Opened in 2010, the Rowan County Veterans’ Museum is dedicated to honoring our flag, military and veterans. A nonprofit organization committed to education and preservation, it has over 375 artifacts from all five branches of the military. Free tours are frequently offered to educational and civic groups when requested. Freedom Park, a memorial wall displaying names of Veterans, celebrates and commemorates our Rowan County Veterans who have served in the nation’s military. The Doughboy Statue showcases an American WWI soldier and commemorates all those who served during the World War from Rowan County. The pedestal was placed in 1919 and the statue was placed in 1929.