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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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Southern Museum Receives Railroad Collection of Late Col. James G. BogleSallie Loy, archivist for the Southern Museum, looks through documents from the Bogle Collection.

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History has received the extensive railroad collection of the late Col. James G. Bogle. Until his death in 2010 at the age of 94, Bogle was the preeminent authority on the Great Locomotive Chase and collected hundreds of artifacts connected to the daring Civil War event. Continue reading 

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Kennesaw Museum Foundation Lacing Up for Annual 5K on September 6run

The Kennesaw Museum Foundation is lacing up its running shoes and sprinting towards the 6th Annual Great Locomotive Chase 5K. Continue reading 

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Southern Museum Wraps Up Successful Second Annual Railroad Rendezvous

More than 600 people turned out Saturday for the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History’s second annual Railroad Rendezvous event. During the event, museum visitors were able to climb aboard the General locomotive, experience a hobo jungle, play outdoor … Continue reading 

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Our Current Exhibits

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)