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Harrington Tower


The tower is maintained in a compound in its original location adjacent to the right-of-way by the Greater Harrington Historical Society.

There was a tower at Harrington as early as 1909, fifty-three years after the Pennsylvania Railroad came to Harrington, but the present structure which replaced the earlier one was built in 1920. It was staffed with operators directing traffic along the mainline and into the station yard until technology intervened in 1981 and the tower was closed. Later that year the Greater Harrington Historical Society purchased the building from Conrail (successor to PRR and then Penn Central) converting it into a museum. Today, the railroad that runs through town is Norfolk Southern.

Also on display adjacent to the tower is a watch box for a crossing watchman, originally from Farmington, Delaware. A 1926 Pennsylvania Railroad caboose was donated to the museum by Conrail in 1988.

The tower is open by appointment weekdays from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M., and on the third Sunday of the month from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. Twenty-four hours notice is requested. Visits may be arranged by calling 302-398-3698.