The Ritchie County Historical Society was formed in 1973 and was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in 1976.
Old Stone House Museum
Pennsboro B & O Railroad Depot
Pennsboro B & O Depot Trailhead
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Pennsboro B & O Railroad Depot

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Pennsboro Railroad Depot
Early photo of the B & O Depot in Pennsboro

This Depot served the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as a passenger and freight depot until it was closed in 1974.
Although the Depot was built in 1883, the railroad actually began operations in 1857 and a wooden depot was built at that time. The Grafton to Parkersburg railroad was constructed by the Northwestern Virginia Railroad and in 1865 it became the Parkersburg Branch of the B & O.

The closing of the Depot in 1974 was followed by the removal of the tracks in 1988.  By 1990, condemnation proceedings were being considered for the abandoned building. Through the efforts of local citizens who formed a “Save The Depot” group, the Depot was saved.

The building and parking lot, now a Trailhead for the North Bend Rail Trail, are leased by the Ritchie County Historical Society whose restoration efforts have resulted in the Depot serving the community as a railroad museum and community center.

B & O Railroad Depot
For further information about the Depot and/or to arrange for a tour by appointment, contact the historical society via email at:
or contact the following: Charles Dotson, 304-659-3962 or David & Susan Scott, 304-643-2738.
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Our Officers
President - David Scott
1st Vice President - Charles Dotson
2nd Vice President - Mike Nichols
Secretary/Treasurer - Susan Scott

The Depot will be open at various times throughout the summer.
Large crowd who arrived in Pennsboro on the B & O Railroad, now waiting to ride the narrow gauge P & H Railroad to the Ritchie County Fair.
Note the building under construction in the background. Circa 1905.