Elroy Museum opens Memorial Day weekend

Contributed by the Elroy Area Museum

The Elroy Area Museum, located on Main Street in Elroy, will open Saturday, May 28. Stop by and help us celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first train to arrive in Elroy. 

The Railroad Room features a working 60-foot-long railroad model fashioned after the early 1900s. (Contributed photo)

The first train arrived in Elroy in August 1872, and the last train left Elroy on March 24, 1987. For 115 years, the railroad was a vital part of Elroy’s history. This history is well documented in various displays at the museum, including the model railroad, which is always a big hit with the kids.

For those of you who have not been to the museum for a few years, you will be pleased to see many new displays highlighting various aspects of Elroy’s history from the 1850s to current times. The Elroy area school display continues to add many memorabilia donated by past graduates of Elroy High
School. 

One of the new displays is the “Beanery” restaurant, which was located in the railroad depot. Anyone growing up in the Elroy area before 1970 was certain to spend part of their weekend at the beanery, where great hamburgers and fries were just part of the fun meeting all of your friends.

Continual improvements to the Elroy “Main Street” display area includes many items from Main Street stores from the early 1900s.

The Elroy Area Historical Society is looking for people interested in serving on the Museum Board, which meets six to eight times a year. 

In addition, the museum is looking for volunteers to help give tours of the museum on weekends during the summer. If you are interested in serving on the museum board or helping out on weekends during the summer to give museum  tours, please contact Holly Hinzpeter at [email protected] or Zach Bender at [email protected]

The “Beanery” display shows some of the 1940s menus and signs from that era. (Contributed photo)
The museum garden area contains plaques highlighting the railroad, area schools, Main Street, Grist Mill, and Schultz Park, in addition to window murals of the Elroy area. (Contributed photo)

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