The Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum in West Point, Mississippi. Sam Wilhite, a former President and Chairman of the Board of the Columbus and Greenville Railroad (also known as the C & G Railroad), lends his name to the West Point Transportation Museum in Mississippi. Visitors to the area may tour the artifacts and historical path of important local transportation progressions over the past 200 years.
Curator Jules Babineaux has headed up the project, aiming to tell the West Point transportation story to locals and tourists alike. Jack Elliott has researched and documented the interesting advancements from early Native Americans in the 1700s to modern space exploration.
The period of time that the museum follows outlines a progression of West Point thoroughfares from Native American trails to today’s highway system. The museum is located in the original building that housed the railroad ticket office and boarding areas.
Re-creations of historical environments in the ticket office include working telegraphs, railroad clocks and historic telephones. Visitors can view and tour the entire building, gathering information about the historical experience of buying a ticket and traveling on the infamous railroad.
A popular attraction in the museum is a 1927 Model T Ford car, which was adapted to travel along the Columbus and Greenville Railroad. This car is owned by The Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Tours also reveal the actual desk and chair used by Sam Wilhite in his glory days.
The central feature in the museum is an extensive model of the local railroad systems. This model is the largest working railroad exhibit in the south, and was designed by Marvin Elliott of Jackson, Mississippi. Railroad yards of West Point, Starkville and Columbus are included in the historically correct landscape. More than 10,000 individual pieces of art compose the entire railroad model.
Children love watching the model trains travel along the lengthy railroads, spanning territory across the Deep South. History buffs and motorheads are given a unique chance to discover the technological advances in transportation that brought us to where we are today.
Complete with period furniture and floor coverings, mannequin station attendants wear historical clothing and complete the theme. Take a look into the modern highway’s origination, and make your trip to West Point an educational adventure!
The Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are looking for hotel accommodations in West Point to complete your adventure, visit HotelsCombined.com.
Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum
210 Depot Drive
PO Box 1117
West Point, MS 39773