The Roscoe O&W Railway Museum consists of a main museum building, caboose, trout car and shanties. The museum preserves historical artifacts of railway transportation, mainly from the New York Ontario & Western Railway, which ran from 1868 to 1957 and helped foster growth in this part of New York.
The trout cars used to carry fish from hatcheries in upstate New York and Long Island to stock streams in the area—the train would stop at river and stream crossings and dump fish into the water.
The museum also preserves and exhibits memorabilia from the town of Rockland and the surrounding areas, and is the only place in Rockland where you can learn about the town's history. People interested in the railway and local history use this as a gathering place for community meetings and local history programs..
The museum is truly a community effort anchored by Wilmer and Ethel Sipple who founded the museum. Wilmer was long known for his local historical knowledge, and Ethel is still the museum's heart and soul.