Burlington's Freeman Station will be closed until further notice during discussions with the City of Burlington re: dissolving the Friends of Freeman Station Corporation and planning with Museums of Burlington, for a viable and sustainable future.
Freeman Station was more than just a railway station. It was a symbol of progress, connection, and community for the people of Burlington. For almost a century, it served as a gateway to Canadian travellers, immigrants, and workers. This station was built in 1906 by the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR).
Today, after over a decade of fundraising and a full restoration by our all volunteer group, Friends of Freeman Station, the station stands in its relocated home on 1285 Fairview Street, open only during our public events, class visits and station rentals.
Step aboard and explore our restored 1906 Grand Trunk Railway station, located in the heart of Burlington.
Marvel at the meticulous craftsmanship and intricate details of our early-1900s Burlington train diorama.
The Friends of Freeman Station all volunteer organization is hosting 8 major events, so far, in 2023.
Create an unforgettable event that transports your guests back in time to the early 1900s train station ambiance.
Explore Burlington's first train station history with our enthusiastic volunteers at Freeman Station.
Discover the wonder of rail history at our upcoming open house events.
Our Volunteers would love to take your class, camp group or scouts for a tour!
Beautifully restored on 1.5 acres, perfect for creation.
Host your very own events & dining sessions.
Learn more about how to experience Burlington's Freeman Station Rail Museum and how to make the most of your visit.
"The volunteers who run this station are doing an excellent job of restoring this station and preserving its history. Well worth visiting."
"What treat. Beautifully restored. Lots of memories there. Great volunteers. The model train display downstairs replicates the area around old Freeman."
"An amazing place, beautifully restored."
"Volunteers were fabulous! A piece of history on display for everyone. Don't forget to check out the basement model trains!"
"Amazing work has been done here over the past few years, 100% by volunteers who are passionate in saving local railroading history. The station has been saved from demolition, moved, a new foundation poured, the inside restored, a new platform built, tracks laid and the station features many interesting railroad artifacts."
"The restoration of this 1906 Grand Trunk Railway Station is the largest heritage project in the Burlington area and a big cheer to the group of dedicated volunteers making it happen.!"
"Lovely piece in the middle of city"
"Super cute little stop!."
Get to know the Station in full view from above.
Our historic Freeman Station is a volunteer-run museum in the heart of Burlington, showcasing the rich history of our area. Currently, we don't have the resources to open regularly. Open for at least in 8 public open houses in 2023, we'd love to see you!
The Station, fully restored to its original condition, is available to rent as a venue for private events & the historic charm makes it great for filming and content creation.
Visit Freeman Station for a unique experience in Ontario.
Founded in 2011, The Friends of Freeman Station is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization with over 100 lifetime members who meet monthly to preserve the heritage of Burlington's railway history.
Thanks to the dedication of its volunteers, the station serves as a valuable resource for locals, visitors and renters alike, providing education on railway history and offering a glimpse into the past.
Donating to us is a great way to help preserve this important piece of Burlington's history. Your donation will go towards maintaining and operating the station, as well as supporting programs and community events.
Through the generosity of businesses, families and individuals alike, Freeman Station still stands today; restored and back in operation to continue the story that started over a century ago.