Graceland invites guests to Dine by Rail

ELKINS – Dinner guests at Graceland Inn on the campus of Davis & Elkins College can take a trip back in time to the heyday of train travel on Wednesday.

Dining by Rail theme night, from 6-9 p.m., takes visitors back to the 1930s and 1940s with authentic menu selections and music from the era.

“We’re so happy to be able to offer an authentic dining experience based upon the rich history of railroading,” said Dr. Carol Carter, chair of the Department of Business and


The menu features Illinois Central salad wedge, Cream Virginia sweet potato soup, and a choice of B&O Maryland crab cake, deviled slice of roast beef with mustard sauce or scallopines of pork loin with Riesling wine sauce, served with potatoes Romanoff and fresh string beans saute. The meal comes with brown betty with fruit sauce for dessert. Tea, soda and coffee are included.

Recipes for the dinner are from the book, “Dining by Rail,” by Davis & Elkins College Center for Railway Tourism Director Jim Porterfield. The book includes more than 300 recipes collected from 48 railroads across the country, and presents the rich history of dining in the “Golden Age” of American


During the dinner, Porterfield will stroll from table to table telling guests bits of railroad dining history.

The evening will also feature door prizes, including copies of Porterfield’s book and dinner for two at Graceland. Guests are encouraged to dress in 1930s and 1940s fashion. A prize will be awarded for the most authentically period-dress couple.

For reservations or additional information, call 304-621-0661.

For more information, please visit the college website at or call 304-637-1243.