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 is fully restored and now houses a museum, restaurant, Panhandle Theater and Whistle Stop Railway Gift Shop. Visitors can explore the museum’s Railroad History and Sports exhibits, then watch the trains run in the large Model Train Layout depicting Dennison in its heyday. The theater features a film on Dennison’s role as a WWII Canteen that earned Dennsion the nickname Dreamsville, USA. A train of railroad cars is attached to the Depot which features the Children’s Interactive Railroad Car Experience, a special yearly Feature Exhibit Car, a rare WWII Hospital Car housing our WWI and WWII collections, and a Local History Car. The museum is very interactive and hands-on. Children are invited to follow Bing’s Scavenger Hunt.
A fifth car in the Museum’s Addition is a Railroad Research Library, housing our archives. It is available for research upon appointment during open hours.
Follow up your visit with souvenir shopping or a meal in the Depot’s Over the Rail Diner. Picnic space is also available outside where you can see Bing’s House plus our collection of Rolling Stock including a 1940s Thermos Bottle Engine, Nickel Plate Caboose, the 2700 Cheseapeake & Ohio Locomotive and various other railroad cars.
This homefront hospitality continues today in our lobby, with a free cup of coffee and a cookie to all our visitors.
The Dennison Railroad Depot Museum will be closed from December 24th through January 1st. We will reopen with normal operating hours on January 2nd.
Museum Visitor Expectations:
- Upon arrival, must wear a mask. If you do not have one we will have them available at the counter for $1. Our staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks to ensure safety for our visitors, volunteers, and coworkers.
- Please plan to visit our sanitation station for a hand sanitizer.
- There will be a specific route through the museum for visitors to follow.
- Theater spaces will be reduced to less than 50% capacity. Sanitation stations will be placed throughout the museums. Please use it frequently.
- Frequent cleaning will be done throughout the museum, in restrooms, and all common spaces.
- We are recommending that our visitors pay with a card or check to avoid cash transactions.
- Visitors are encouraged to pre-purchase admission or memberships prior to visiting the Museum.
- Any push button stations will have tissues for pushing start buttons and trash cans to avoid direct contact with that surface. We apologize, but for your safety, many of our interactive materials have been reduced or removed.
- We are sorry, but there will be no coffee or cookies available at the Canteen at the Depot.
- Only one family unit will be able to use the restrooms at a time.
We look forward to seeing you in Dreamsville, USA!
New Ohio Homefront to Warfront Trail
WWII Victory Celebration
75 th Commemorative
Ten of Ohio’s Museums featuring WWII history have joined forces to offer a new Homefront to Warfront Drive-it-Yourself Trail to celebrate the 75 th Anniversary of the end of WWII. The tour kicks-off this summer and runs through the end of the year, but will highlight veteran recognition from August 15 to September 2, the 75 th Anniversaries of Victory in Japan Day and the formal signing of the Instrument of Surrender on board the USS Missouri.
The main corridor of this tour connects the homefront, represented by the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Dennison recognized as the best example left in the nation of a WWII Servicemen’s Canteen site and the National Veterans Memorial Museum in Columbus which is dedicated to honoring the service of all Veterans.
Other Ohio museums collaborating on this tour include the Ernest Warther Museum in Dover, the MAPS Air Museum in North Canton, the Old Main Street Museum in Newcomerstown, the Fletcher General Hospital and Chapel and National Museum of Cambridge Glass in Cambridge, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton and the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana. In total, there are 500 miles of WWII history.
Additional information is available on the Tourism Ohio’s Adventure Trails page at
https://trails.ohio.org/wps/portal/gov/trails/map. The map also encourages users to visit RemarkableOhio.org where
travelers can decide to add WWII Markers to their travel plan.
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- Multiple awards for outstanding Achievement from the Ohio Local History Alliance, the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums, the Ohio Museum Association
- 2018 Ohio Museum Association Professional of the Year – Wendy Zucal
- 2016 Ohio Museum Association Emerging Professional of the Year – Jacob Masters
- 2016 Eastern Ohio Economic Development Alliance Tourism Award – Dreamsville Association
- 2013 Recipient of the Ohio History Tax Check-off Funding Grant Cycle (1 of only 11 grants)
- 2012 Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year – Wendy Zucal
- 2011 Ohio Museum Association Institute of the Year
- 2010 Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Ambassador Award – Wendy Zucal
- 2010 Dominion- Cleveland Business Magazine Economic Development/Community Improvement Award
- 2007 Eastern Ohio Development Alliance Tourism Excellence Award
- 2005 Historic Preservation Heritage Award
- 2005 Twin City Chamber of Commerce Organization of the Year
- 2001 Ohio Rail Tourism Outstanding Service Award
- 2000 North Central Business Journal Community Development Award
- 1997 Economic Development Trailblazer Award
- 1996 East Ohio Gas – Cleveland Business Magazine Economic Development Award
- 1995 Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year – Dennison Depot
- 1994 Twin City Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award
- 1991 Tuscarawas County Historical Society Zeisberger-Heckewelder Award for Outstanding Achievement in Field of History
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