Raised for Local Nonprofits
2748 gifts
Totaling $311,892.65
Crawford Gives
Raised for Local Nonprofits
2748 gifts
Totaling $311,892.65
Raised for Local Nonprofits
2748 gifts
Totaling $311,892.65

French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society

Goal: $10,000.00

Specific Need

PLEASE HELP US TO PRESERVE AND RESTORE THE LAST RAILROAD BUILDING IN MEADVILLE.  THE PHASE ONE RESTORATION PROJECT IS COMPLETING THE SOUTHERN 2/3 OF THE BUILDING SO IT WILL HAVE ENOUGH AMENITITES TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
YOUR DONATIONS WILL ASSIST WITH:
Material purchases of oak flooring, wainscoting, chair rail, base and casing that will provide the period correct finishes on the walls & floors, and around doors & windows.
 
 

Mission

The Mission of the French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society is to collect and preserve railroad artifacts and information at destinations that will provide educational, historical, and recreational experiences for visitors and a reference base for researchers interested in the railroad heritage of northwestern Pennsylvania.  In addition, the FCVRRHS will sponsor and support programs and other events on a local, national and international scale in furtherance of its educational purposes and their benefits.

Profile

In January 2019, the French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society (FVC) purchased the former Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad Passenger Depot and Freight House (more recently Meadville Farm & Garden), 136 Mead Avenue, Meadville, PA, in order to save and preserve it as a historic site.  It is the last railroad building in Meadville that has not been razed or restored for commercial or business use.  Our main goal is to restore the building to and transform it into an educational railroad museum and community center to be known as the Meadville Railroad Depot.

 

YOUR PAST DONATIONS have helped us to reach over 80% of our goal to complete Phase One Restoration of the front 2/3 of the Depot building. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR GENEROSITY.  Because of your support, floors have been repaired, leveled and insulated; plumbing electric and water systems are installed; new windows and doors are hung; walls have been framed, insulated and drywalled.  WE STILL NEED FUNDS to purchase the finishing materials for the walls, floor, doors and windows.  Our dedicated group of local volunteers will complete the work.  With your help, we hope to open the museum to the public in 2021 or perhaps for a holiday Christmas display in 2020. 


The museum will foster the conservation of the industrial railroad heritage of northwestern PA by maintaining and enhancing a varied assortment of resources from notable railroad companies operating through the Meadville rail yard from the mid-1800s to the present time.   We will also educate the public about the railroad roundhouse, the large number of railroad shops that once dotted the landscape of Meadville, and the people who worked there. 
The FCV already has a locomotive and rolling stock in its collection at an outdoor display area a quarter mile from the museum along the French Creek Parkway.  The organization is also known for its annual holiday model train displays and the Meadville Model Railroad Club after-school youth program.

Photos & Videos

Meadville Railroad Depot - Connect with a Building
Bathrooms - plumbing, electric & heat installed, painted walls, ready for finishes
Bathrooms - plumbing, electric & heat installed, painted walls, ready for finishes
Kitchenette & Office - plumbing, heat, electric installed, painted walls, ready for finishes
Kitchenette & Office - plumbing, heat, electric installed, painted walls, ready for finishes
Main Gallery - electric & heat, doors & windows installed, painted walls, finished exterior lights
Main Gallery - electric & heat, doors & windows installed, painted walls, finished exterior lights
Bernie Hanmore, Dan Pfeiffer, Rich Roberts & John Snyder install ceiling & lights in Main Gallery
Bernie Hanmore, Dan Pfeiffer, Rich Roberts & John Snyder install ceiling & lights in Main Gallery
Front & west side of Depot's exterior showing New Roof installed in 2019.
Front & west side of Depot's exterior showing New Roof installed in 2019.
$5,180.45 received
in 37 gifts
51.80%  of  $10,000.00 Goal

Contact

PO Box 632
Meadville PA 16335
Phone: (814) 333-4673

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