Winter Garden Heritage
             Central Fl RailRoad
             History Research Center
             self-guided tours


The Central Florida Railroad Museum, opened in 1983, is located in the historic Tavares and Gulf Railroad depot, located one block south of Winter Garden’s thriving historic downtown and the West Orange Trail. The station, built in 1913, was purchased by the Central Florida Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in 1979 and rehabilitated for use as a railroad museum.  In 2003, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation became partners with the Central Florida Chapter of the National Railway Society to make the extensive private collections of local, state and national memorabilia and photographs of Central Florida’s railway history accessible to the public. One of Florida’s virtually undiscovered gems, the museum holds a large collection of dining car china and silverware, a 1938 Fairmont motor car, a velocipede hand car and the former Clinchfield Railroad caboose, #1073. Junior train enthusiasts will be delighted at the climb-on cabooses (one is also located at the Heritage Museum on Plant Street), an HO scale train layout, and an interactive Thomas wooden train set and layout.

The Central Florida Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society hosts several special events throughout the year. To learn more, visit the Central Florida Chapter’s web site,

Hours: Open every day, 1 to 5 p.m., except major holidays.

Admission: Free, although donations are appreciated.

Location: 101 South Boyd Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787

Phone: 407-656-0559

Contact Us
Winter Garden Heritage Foundation
PO Box 770657
Winter Garden, FL 34777


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Winter Garden Heritage Foundation

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Foundation Board Members
Lori Gibson, President
Julie Teal, Vice President
Andy Davis, Secretary
Arden Griffith, Treasurer
Phil Cross, Executive Board
Ward Britt, Executive Board
John Murphy, Executive Board
Ron Sikes, Executive Board
Mary Beth Asma
Gee Gee Bailey
Larry Cappleman
Ann Ellis
Betty Goodwin
Mark Griffith
Karen Grimes
Cara Hennen
Susan House
Joe Lehmann
Irv Lipscomb
Annie King Morris
Bill Richardson
Betsy Shaw
Brenda Smith
Annette Spigener
Peg Thomas
Henry Wright
Garden Theatre
City of Winter Garden
National Railroad Historical Society - Central FL
Downtown Historic District Merchants
Winter Garden Village
Oakland Nature Preserve
Edgewater Hotel
West Orange Trail
Green Mountain Scenic Byway
West Orange County Chamber of Commerce