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Experience the dramatic history of railroads and the War Between the States at the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History! A prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations member, the Museum provides visitors with a unique perspective into the strategic and economic use of railroads during and after the Civil War. The Museum 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.

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The Latest News

A New Look at The General’s Trip to the 1964 World’s Fairgeneral-in-nyc-470

The General locomotive retired from service on the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway – a successor of the Western & Atlantic Railroad – in 1891. But, even in “retirement,” the famed locomotive was a draw at the many expositions … Continue reading 

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Southern Museum Breaks Ground on New Research CenterSM Groundbreaking 5

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History on Friday broke ground on an 8,700-square-foot expansion to its research center. Once complete, the Southern Museum will be home to one of the largest centers for researchers, scholars and historians … Continue reading 

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Southern Museum to Break Ground on Expanded Research CenterDSC_0509

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History on Friday will break ground on an 8,700-square-foot expansion to its research center. Once complete, the Southern Museum will be home to one of the largest centers for researchers, scholars and … Continue reading 

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The GeneralThe Great Locomotive Chase Railroads ExhibitRailroads: Lifelines of the Civil War Glover FactoryGlover Machine Works Family Fun in the Education CenterThe Jolley Education Center Special ExhibitSPECIAL: "1864" (May 3-July 20)