B&O Railroad Station and Willard Hotel – Grafton, West Virginia - Atlas Obscura

B&O Railroad Station and Willard Hotel

Two gems of Beaux Arts architecture that have been sitting vacant for years. 

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The former B&O railroad passenger terminal is closed to the public. However, the large glass doors on the Main Street side of the building provide a good view of the interior. Railroad enthusiasts can take in the daily activities of the CSX railroad yard next door. The best spot to view this activity is to walk part way across the Barrett Street Bridge over Three Fork Creek. The trains pass directly under the bridge. Latrobe Street parallels the tracks entering the yard. A few downtown buildings have been razed, revealing 19th Century painted advertising on adjacent walls. One such wall has is adorned with a striking female image from the current day. Both buildings are owned by the Vandalia Foundation and are closed to the public at this time. The caboose is located on a public lot and can be viewed at any time.

Know Before You Go

Grafton, WV is about 20 miles from Bridgeport, WV. Take the Bridgeport exit from Interstate 79 and follow US Route 50 east through Bridgeport. Continue on Route 50 through Pruntytown. When you reach the Route 50 bridge at the Tygart River, turn right onto Route 119 North. Do not cross this bridge, you will be on the opposite end of town. Continue on Route 119 past Grafton High School. Turn left at the T intersection past the high school and cross the bridge. Follow 119 through Grafton until you reach 100 East Main Street. The train station and hotel will be on your right.

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