Established in 2016, the Morehead History & Railroad Museum is home to artifacts from Morehead, Rowan County, and all around eastern Kentucky. Visitors can experience displays on the historic floods of 1939, the six different railroads that ran through Rowan County, and on the infamous Rowan County War—immortalized in the book Days of Anger, Days of Tears by local authors Fred Brown, Jr., and Juanita Blair, with cover art by acclaimed local artist Christine Barker (available at your Rowan County Public Library). Enjoy educational video presentations and guided tours by Rowan County historians, who will walk you through attractions as varied as a working vintage pinball machine, “history mysteries” hidden throughout the facility, a rundown on Kentucky’s most unconventional place names, and more!
The museum is located in the old freight station building on Morehead’s 1st Street, originally constructed in 1881 and renovated in 2014. This is thanks in part to a nonprofit reincorporation by the Morehead & North Fork Railroad, who negotiated the renovations with the structure’s owners. The freight station is listed on the National Park Service’s Register of Historic Places. You can read more about the rail company in Steam in the Heart (also by Fred Brown, Jr., and with cover art by Christine Barker), and can learn all about the dynamic history of the freight station as a passenger depot, liquor store, and even a refuge during the final shootout of the Tolliver-Martin feud by visiting the museum or the Rowan County Historical Society.
Friday & Saturday, 12—4pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 11am—5pm
By appointment; call 606-780-8791 or 606-784-5122
130 E 1st St
Morehead, KY 40351
(across from the Morehead Conference Center)
Current Events at the Museum:
Stay tuned for important events as they are scheduled!