There is no train at Chester's old depot on Wylie Street. Not yet, anyway.
But there are many other forms of transportation from days past, including antique cars, buggies, bicycles, tractors, a school bus and even a cotton wagon. As of last Oct. 18, the Chester County Transportation Museum officially is open to the public.
It took nearly six years to raise the money for the Chester County Historical Society and Museum to buy the 1888 train depot and collect vehicles and artifacts for display. The project has largely been paid for so far with grants and donations, and the historical society still is accepting donations.
The museum now will have regular visiting hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and children 12 and younger, and free for members of the historical society.
With a 4,000-square-foot building, the museum has plenty of room to grow. But the historical society already has amassed an impressive collection on which to build.
This museum is a great way for Chester County to market its history, document its past and treat new generations to a look at how people used to get around. Congratulations to all who have worked hard over the years to make this project a reality, including those who donated items for the collection.
Folks still might want to take another look through their barns and garages, They might just find a museum piece there.
The Chester County Transportation Museum officially opened its doors this month