Branchville Railroad Museum and Shrine

Branchville Railroad Museum and Shrine

Located in Branchville, Orangeburg County, SC.

7204 Freedom Road
Branchville, SC


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This museum represents a very significant place in America's transportation history. When the South Carolina Railroad decided to extend their service to Columbia, Branchville became the first railroad junction in the United States.

Located along the route of the country's first scheduled passenger train, the Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum now serves as a reminder of the years when the railroad industry was a dominant force in the United States. On the outside of the building, a caboose, a semaphore signal, and several baggage carts are on display. Inside, you can see numerous artifacts, including a model of the "Best Friend" steam locomotive.

Across the tracks, you will find an old freight station that awaits restoration.

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Features and Facilities

Public Restrooms

  • No

Hours of Operation

  • Building hours may vary; call 803-274-8820 for information
  • Outdoor displays are always available

Admission or Parking Fee

  • Call 803-274-8820 for information

How to Get There

  • Located near the intersection of US #21 (Freedom Road) and Reeves Branch Road in downtown Branchville, SC.

Latitude 33.25125, Longitude -80.81522 [PK314]

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