All aboard! Historic Cold Spring Village’s Annual Railroad Days will be held on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Crest Savings Bank, Railroad Days is the perfect outing for folks interested in railroad history, model and toy trains, or just enjoying a unique collection in a unique historical setting.
Visitors will find presentations, railroad displays, working model trains and garden railways from a variety of groups throughout the Village. At 2 p.m. in the Welcome Center on both Saturday and Sunday, Jim Stephens, HCSV Deputy Director of Education and Interpretation, will present a talk on Richard Trevithick, the little-known inventor of the modern steam locomotive. The Family Activity Area will feature special event-themed children’s take-home crafts. Visitors can ride a “trackless train” around the Village Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as “speeders,” gasoline-powered railroad track inspection vehicles, on the railroad tracks on the east (US Route 9) side of the Village. A Village admission wristband is necessary to ride the speeders.”
“This is a wonderful event for the whole family- the model railroads are always fascinating to see in action,” said Anne Salvatore, HCSV Executive Director. “Railroad lore is an integral part of the American experience and we are always excited to share that interest with the public.” Two of the Village’s historic structures are linked to Cape May County’s own railroading heritage. The Rio Grande Station, donated to HCSV in 1974 and recently added to the National and State Registers of Historic Places, was built in 1894 by the Atlantic City Railroad to serve the Middle Township rural farming community of Rio Grande. The Woodbine Junction Tower is a two-story signal tower built in 1894 that originally stood in Dennis Township. It controlled the Woodbine Junction of the Atlantic City Railroad, which was the western end of a branch line that ran east to Ocean City. The tower was acquired by HCSV in 1974.
The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $14 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner’s Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. Visit the Country Store, Bakery, The Shepherds Hook, Ice Cream Parlor Cold Spring Brewery and Cold Spring Grange Restaurant. For more information on events, membership, volunteering or booking private affairs, please call (609) 898-2300 ext. 10, or visit the Village website at www.hcsv.org.