Cowan Railroad Museum
The museum currently exhibits approximately 1000 interesting, valuable and historic railroad and city of Cowan artifacts, pertaining to railroading mainly in and around Cowan. In many ways there has been a re-creation of a moment in history in the vignettes of various displays. There are displays of figures in period costumes, photographs, tools, documents, old maps and out-of-print railroad books. This collection is always growing and there will be special visits of interesting displays from time to time. There is also a small gift shop where you can purchase engineers caps, railroad oriented t-shirts, stickers, buttons, collectible RR patches, books and much more. See the artifacts page for some pictures and descriptions.
One special artifact has been donated to The Museum and is on display in the waiting-room: a large upright antique hand-made oak “cabinet of drawers” used to store large flat drawings of the local railroad physical plant in historic detail. Many of the drawings are still in there from the railroad’s engineering department. It is highly prized and quite handsome as well as an example of local craftsmanship from days gone by.The museum hopes to host a number of its own activities as attractions to the Cowan area in addition to the frequent regularly scheduled events the town hosts.
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108 Front Street
Cowan, TN 37318
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