New Haven is home to the Kentucky Railway Museum, "The Official Railway Museum Of The Commonwealth Of Kentucky." Located at 136 South Main St., the museum is a tribute to the railroad's impact on small-town America. The Museum is housed in a replica of the original New Haven depot and features a collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia and the museum store offers gift items with a railroad theme.
The railroad was a vital artery during the Civil War, making it a target for Confederate raiders. Several skirmishes were fought along the Lebanon branch, and the bridge at New Haven was destroyed at least once.
Visitors can step back in time and ride through forests, fields, and farmlands, through the scenic and historic Rolling Fork River Valley. Boarding at New Haven or Boston, just fifteen minutes south of Bardstown, the twenty-two mile journey takes an hour and a half. On selected weekends through the year, re-enactments of skirmishes and train robberies are staged by the Wiggington Guerillas, a local re-enactment group, with the proceeds donated to charity.
For addditional information:
The Kentucky Railway Museum (502) 549-5470 Toll-free: 1-800-272-0152