Raised for Local Nonprofits
1754 gifts
Totaling $162,704.44
Crawford Gives
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1754 gifts
Totaling $162,704.44
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1754 gifts
Totaling $162,704.44

French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society

Goal: $10,000.00

Specific Need

The Phase One restoration in the southern 2/3 of the building.   We need funds to complete plumbing, heating and electrical work.   


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.


In December 2018, 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 its original 1881 appearance and transform it into an educational railroad museum and community center to be known as the Meadville Railroad Depot. We are currently completing Phase One Restoration that will provide all of the amenities needed in order to open the museum to the public. 
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.

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Meadville Railroad Depot - Connect with a Building
$5,511.41 received
in 40 gifts
55.11%  of  $10,000.00 Goal


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

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