Our rich railroad history

WELCOME to the Fordsville L&N Depot Museum located off Main Street in Fordsville, Kentucky. We invite you to journey back to the early 1900’s and see displays depicting the great railroad era and the economic boom that saved Fordsville during the "Great Depression" of the thirties. 

Our museum

 The Fordsville L&N Depot Community Museum is filled with treasures from the past and present. Walking into the museum the visitor is almost transformed into an eager traveler awaiting the next train. While you wait for the distant conductors whistle enjoy your time reminiscing through the history that makes our community so special. Filled with memorabilia of both the Louisville & Nashville and Illinois Central Railways and other unique collections of rural lifestyle necessities the Depot Museum offers something for everyone.

historical society

Members of the Fordsville Historical Society are dedicated to preserving yesterday’s memories for tomorrows citizens. Chartered in 1990 the Society is dedicated to maintaining the Fordsville L & N Depot Museum and to showcase everything that makes Fordsville, Kentucky so special. The Historical Society began restoration of the L & N Depot in 1991 and it was established as a museum in 1992. Click on the link below to see the complete newspaper article. The renovation work was primarily done by community volunteers endeavoring to promote civic pride and preserve our railroad history.

the restoration

  • A Community Project

  • Preserving History

  • Uniting a Community

  • Restoring Lost Treasures

  • A Depot Reborn

Historical Photographs

We are More than just a depot museum

school section

See vintage Yearbooks, school photos and scrapbooks

farm history

Enjoy a large display of antique farm tools and hunting items.

military 

See uniforms, flags and medals memorializing our local heros

tour our rooms

1-WHITE WAITING ROOM

For the ease of our guests the displays in the museum are grouped by specific themes.  Inside what was once referred to as the White Waiting Room you will now find our main collection of railroad memorabilia, a tribute to the armed services and a collection of works by local authors, genealogical  records and cemetery records.

2-sTATION MASTER ROOM

Inside the Stations Master Work Room you will find collections highlighting the history of both of our depots as well as exhibits and pictorial displays of Fordsville history and the many Civic Organizations that have played an important role in our history.

3-BLACK WAITING ROOM

Inside what was once referred to ask the “Black” Waiting Room you can stroll through the history of the Fordsville public school system, learn about community projects, city government and local businesses as well as view many historical church directories.

4-LOADING & BAGGAGE

What was once our Baggage Room & Loading Dock holds a large selection of farm tools and items that represent a rural lifestyle  such as a vintage spinning wheel and bedroom scene. The displays serve as a real education to young people as they learn first hand about the advancements and growth in farming techniques, household appliances and technological advancements.

click on a link in the footer below for a room tour