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Your contribution makes possible COHS’s mission to disseminate the information contained within our archives to all who request it. It allows us to produce and distribute superior quality educational, informational, and cultural publications and programs that enrich the lives of the people of Virginia, the nation, and your region.

Your contribution makes a difference:

  • for historians. Inquiries come to us from individuals and organizations, and we answer all questions with personal knowledge and historical records.
  • for education. We provide presentations and tours to school groups, scout troops, and others, teaching history using actual railroad artifacts and equipment.
  • for our region. The Virginia tourism industry allows us to bring economic development to the Alleghany Highlands region.

Planned Giving

Planned giving is a powerful way that you can support the COHS for generations to come. Read more…


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The COHS Mission

The Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society is a non-profit corporation dedicated to interpreting the American Railway experience using the C&O Railway’s history through images, drawings, documents and artifacts which the Society collects, preserves, and makes available to as broad an audience as possible.