In case you missed this exhibit, every December, Edgerton Community Center opens its historic Model Train Exhibit to the public on Saturdays. This huge train room was the vision of Rochester’s Police Captain Henry H. Jenson who created it to give Rochester’s youth the skills necessary to build and maintain such an exhibit – skills that would later be transferable to become carpenters, painters, electricians, even set designers.
Although the exhibit was left to decay for a period of time, when Rochester model train lovers heard of its state of disrepair, they recently banded together, donating time, money and train equipment to return it to the gem it is today.
The Edgerton Model Train Room is an exciting exhibit for “children of all ages”, from 3 to 103, with tours given by very knowledgeable volunteers. Currently, it is open exclusively on Saturdays throughout December and at other times by appointment. You can also rent space in the Edgerton Community Center for a party that includes a tour of the train room.
The Edgerton Community Center is located at 41 Backus Street in Rochester. For information on a private group tour or to rent the space for a party, call (585) 428-6769.