Discover an important piece of history, right on our hotel grounds. The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum celebrates the early part of the 20th century – a time when automobiles, mainly toys for the rich, and an active railway brought people to the peace and relaxation they sought.
It started as railroad builder Otto Mears’ dream to connect the residents of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. to the simple pleasures of sun, sand, saltwater breezes, a boardwalk to stroll and an amusement park to ride roller coasters. This real-life rail reverie was officially marked by the first train on June 9, 1900, and ended on April 15, 1935.
It’s all thoroughly preserved and fascinatingly displayed right behind Rod N’ Reel Resort at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, which stands as the last stop of the remaining railway. The railroad’s last-known railcar, the Dolores, is located right behind the main hotel building.
The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum features an array of unique, distinctive railroad and town photos and artifacts. But your experience doesn’t have to end there. We provide many programs and activities year-round, including: