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Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Kennesaw
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Owner description: Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History As a prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations member, the Museum provides visitors with a unique perspective on the strategic and economic use of railroads during and after the Civil War. The Museum, conveniently located near downtown Kennesaw, Georgia is home to the General locomotive, made famous during the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862, an impressive Civil War collection, and the Glover Machine Works, a restored early 20th-century belt-driven locomotive assembly line. The Jolley Education Center offers numerous hands-on and interactive exhibits that are fun for the entire family, and the Cobb Energy Gallery features traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), as well as other sources! The Southern Museum’s educational programs reinforce classroom learning by connecting historical information with actual artifacts.
Reviewed 9 May 2014

The first time that I visited this museum it was quite small. As I remember it had a short film about the General and of course the General locomotive on display. I wasn't certain what a second visit would show but I was ready to see. I was pleasantly surprised because now the museum has about tripled in size. There are three main areas. One concentrates on the role of trains in the Civil War and particularly their role around Atlanta. Another area concentrates on a company that assembled steam locomotives. The last area concentrated on the Great Locomotive Chase. The movie lasted about 25 minutes. From there you could see a display detailing what happened to the participants. Finally after passing through a tunnel, you could see the General.

If you have young children, there is an area for them to learn about trains which I think would entertain them for at least 30 min. There is free parking nearby. The gift shop has a good collection of books, toys, tee shirts etc.

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Mixed on civil war and how the railroads impacted the Civil War. Interesting b&w photos, locomotives, history and artifacts/guns. Also have a movie which we missed. Took about 1 1/2 hrs moving fast so would leave a 2 hr window. Free parking. @ 20 mins north of downtown Atlanta via car.

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

This Smithsonian affiliated museum is filled with incredible history and we'll worth the trip to Kennesaw. The museum is conveniently located off I-75 just north of Atlanta. The museum houses the General, a civil war era steam locomotive that was stolen by the Union as a part of Sherman's advance march to the Sea. The locomotive was captured by Confederates who chased the train by hand car and finally by running the Texas, another locomotive, backwards. The Union group responsible for the raid were awarded the very first Congressional Medals of Honor. One of these medals is actually on display as this remains one of a handful not reclaimed when the medal was recast in later years. The museum also is home to the Glover machine Collection, which includes the wooden molds for casting railroad trains shortly after the Civil War. Finally, the museum is scheduled to open a special collection library of the Norfolk Southern archives. There are special children's museum areas as well that get rave reviews. The city has several excellent restaurants within walking distance as well as parks for picnicking.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We have visted this museum since 1989 and seen its growth. Spend at least a half a day in and around downtown Kennesaw.

Thank rmahre
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Truly enjoyed the experience as you get an almost uniquely southern perspective on the history surrounding Kennesaw and the Civil War. The staff is very helpful and I really enjoyed the firearms and "The General".

Thank Mike C
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