Some photos from the good, old days

Who are we?

The Griffith Historical Society, founded in 1983, was empowered by a Griffith Town Council resolution to preserve the history of the town of Griffith. At that time, ownership and operation of the Depot Museum, saved from demolition two years earlier, was given to the Society by joint action of the Council and the Community Spirit Organization. In 1994, the Griffith Historical Society purchased the land adjacent to the Depot to create an Historical Park in tribute to Griffith's railroading past. The Griffith Historical Park was formally dedicated in May, 1995. The Park and Museum are open on the first Sunday in June till the last Sunday in August and for special tours.

Annual Events

What is going on?

Bands 'n' Brews

Santa in the Caboose

Fun Fund-raising!

Our 1st Annual Beer Garden Fund-raiser was a resounding success!  Such a good time was had by all that we are repeating the event next year on the same weekend, the third weekend in July.  In 2015 we hope to make the event even bigger and better, and feature our own in-town micro-breweries, with the name being changed to “Bands 'n' Brews.” It will be sponsored by the United Federal Credit Union

Come see Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Every year, we hold an event where parents and children can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in a real caboose! Families wait in our Pullman Troopsleeper car where they can meet Spike the Reindeer Engineer and are entertained by elves. We also offer photo packages at an affordable price and hope you can come visit us this year! If you have any questions, please ask us on the Contact Us page.

  • Plenty of  Events Coming Up!

    Our barrel train, The Hess Express, continues to run every Friday night (weather permitting) at Griffith Central Market from 4pm to dusk, through October.


    The Society will have a booth at Griffith’s Rock 'n Rail Street Festival over Labor Day weekend, and The Hess Express will run at the the festival as well.


    We have again been invited to participate in the Griffith Police Department’s Public Safety Extravaganza in September, and in the Town’s Oktoberfest in October. More information to follow on each of these events.


    And be sure to mark your calendars for Santa in the Caboose, December 12, 13 & 19.

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