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You know that little green train station that sits along the Vestal Parkway? Cute, isn’t it? I hate to admit, but I’ve driven past it a thousand times and while I’ve wondered what it was all about, I never took the time to stop and check it out.

As I drove past the train station this past weekend, I found myself wondering about it again and decided to do a little digging. The train station is home of the Vestal Museum and is the original 1881 Vestal Train Station which was located on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad near Main Street. It was in service from 1882 until 1959.

After the station was closed around 1959, the town of Vestal bought the building and in 1972, they moved it to where it sits today- next to the Vestal Library on the Vestal Parkway.

The Vestal Museum has railroad items, as you’d imagine it would, but they’ve also got lots of cool history about Vestal and the surrounding area including really awesome artifacts from the excavations in the Castle Garden area, which used to be home to Native American villages.

So the next time the kids are bugging you to do something, why not explore the rich history of our area at the Vestal Museum? Oh, and you can’t beat the price. Admission is free and kids are always welcome. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Group tours are also welcome and if you’d like to schedule one, please call the museum at 607-748-1432.

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