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Experience a day of family fun at The Dennison Railroad Depot Museum located in Dennison, Ohio.
Recognized as a National Historic Landmark, The Dennison Railroad Depot is the most significant remaining example in the nation of a railroad canteen still reflecting its WWII heritage.
During WWII, 1.3 Million service members were served free food by 4,000 working volunteers at the Dennison Depot Salvation Army Servicemen’s Canteen. These service men and women traveled by troop train along the National Defense Strategic Railway and stopped at the Depot as they were going off to fight in the war.
Our Homefront hospitality became so well known, that the nickname Dreamsville, USA was given to us by the soldiers themselves. Today, the beautifully restored 1873 Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, which served as the Panhandle Division Headquarters, offers plenty of family entertainment.
The Depot building contains an Orientation Theater, Historical Railroad Exhibits, the Whistle Stop Railway Shop and Lucille’s Restaurant- “Serving the Homefront Since 1942!” Visitors continue their experience by walking through themed railroad cars attached to the Depot building – each with their own museum displays. Topical exhibits of Train Travel, a Children’s Interactive Railroad Car, WWII Life, the Dennison Depot Canteen, and Dennison local history are presented.
Outside on the depot grounds, visitors can explore steam locomotives, a nickel plate caboose, freight cars, other passenger cars and a picnic area.
This homefront hospitality continues today in our lobby, with a free cup of coffee and a cookie to all our visitors.
We look forward to seeing you in Dreamsville, USA!