Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Kennesaw

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The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is a museum in Kennesaw, Georgia, that contains a collection of artifacts and relics from the American Civil War, as well as from railroads of the state of Georgia and surrounding regions. The centerpiece is the General, a steam locomotive used in the Great Locomotive Chase in April 1862.

The Archives house a significant collection of company records, engineering drawings, blueprints, glass plate negatives, photographs and correspondence from various American businesses representing the railroad industry in the South after the Civil War. The Archives also contain a growing collection of Civil War letters, diaries, and official records.
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  • This museum was very well thought out. The curator made it interactive, so the self guided tour was very interesting at all times. Following the railroad tracks you could read about and saw how the....  more »
  • Highlights were the Merci Train boxcar given to the State of Georgia as a thank you from France, The Glover Machine Works display and "The General"!! Well laid out path of displays to walk through...  more »
  • I love the way it's a very even handed view not a "good guy vs. bad guy" viewpoint... at first I was a little confused with the civil war & railroad museum idea, but, when you think about it, the railroad and the telegraph were the greatest methods to move forces/reinforcements and logistical supplies... this was fundamentally altered warfare forever. Moving personnel & logistics, and real-time battlefield intelligence is the key to winning war still today... of course with the addition of air superiority.
  • This is a great little museum! A must-see is you love trains. Very reasonably priced. There is A LOT to read (which makes the front portion a bit boring for the kids), but I thought it got more and more interesting the further in you went. There is a kids area for hands on play, as well as a scavenger hunt that keeps the kids observant throughout the museum. We spent about two hours exploring, and could have stayed longer, if we read everything (and watched the short movie that they have). It's also right in the middle of Kennesaw, with beautiful grounds. You can easily walk to nearby shops and restaurants. There is a public parking lot in the back. We went on a Monday, and nearly had the museum to ourselves. I'm sure we'll be back!

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