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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!

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.

See the Famous “General” Locomotive from the Civil War

The Famous "General" at the Southern Museum

The General locomotive, made famous during the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 is a featured exhibit at the Southern Museum.

Follow in the daring footsteps of Confederate Conductor William Fuller as he chases the "Andrews Raiders" through north Georgia with a dramatic exhibit featuring an exciting movie about the raid, art, and artifacts explaining the event, a mockup of Tunnel Hill and the locomotive General itself.

The collection also features a wide variety of popular culture artifacts including models, ornaments, books, movies, and more. Learn more about The General Locomotive and the Great Locomotive Chase

Other Exhibits

Other permanent exhibits include an impressive Civil War collection, and the Glover Machine Works -- a restored early 20th-century belt-driven locomotive assembly line.

Railroads: Lifelines of the Civil War

Railroads - the Lifelines of the Civil War

Photographs and artifacts illustrate how railroads played a significant role during the Civil War. We display their contributions to troop movement, hospital care, and supplies through cargo such as medical bags, weaponry (including muskets), swords, pistols, rifles, and carbines.

See the spectacular destruction of railroads and trains by the opposing armies dramatically illustrated through photographs and models. Learn how the Union army burned the rails, then twisted them around a pole or tree in a “Sherman’s Bowtie.”

In addition to the role of railroads, the comprehensive James A. Liesendahl Civil War Collection gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of soldiers and citizens during the Civil War era, with a wide variety of weapons and personal items including uniforms, leather goods, Bibles, musical instruments, and more.

There are a variety of photographs and artifacts in the exhibit “Railroads” that illustrate these critical roles played by both Union and Confederate railroads. You’ll also find items such as soldiers’ equipment, weapons, and clothing. Learn more about how Railroads were the Lifelines of the Civil War

Glover Machine Works: Casting a New South

Glover Machine Works Exhibit at the Southern Museum

Originally located in Marietta, Georgia, the Glover Machine Works played a significant role in industrializing Georgia after the Civil War by becoming the largest locomotive builder in the South.

This Southern Museum exhibit gives visitors a fascinating look at the original machining equipment, bringing the collection to life with a reproduction of the Glover factory, featuring the only restored belt-driven locomotive assembly line in the country, original machining equipment, and two restored Glover locomotives in various stages of construction.

An interactive presentation detailing the train building process, from metallurgy and patterns to casting and construction helps visitors experience life as a factory worker, while detailed company records provide insight into the management of the Glover Machine Works. Personal items and photographs illustrate the lifestyle of one of Cobb County’s most notable families. Learn more about Glover Machine Works

Early Childhood and Homeschooling

The Jolley Education Center

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! Read more about The Southern Museum’s Jolley Education Center

The Southern Museum’s educational programs reinforce classroom learning by connecting historical information with actual artifacts.

Recurring Activities for Families & Kids

Mommy & Me Preschool Programs

Join us each Thursday at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm for Mommy & Me! This is a program designed for children aged 3-5 and their caregivers. Discover and explore the world around us through play! Create, experiment, investigate, and learn together. Each week has a new theme, and lots of fun new activities to play with. Learn more about our Mommy & Me Preschool Programs

Sensory Friendly Afternoons

Join us on the last Tuesday of each month for a Sensory Friendly Afternoon! From 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm, the museum will be transformed into a sensory-friendly environment. We welcome visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing issues, or special needs to explore the Museum at their own pace. Learn more about Sensory Friendly Afternoons

Homeschool Workshop Series - S.T.E.A.M. Powered Fun
Brain Train: Summer S.T.E.A.M. Workshop Series

Hop aboard the Brain Train/Homeschool Workshop to create, invent, and experiment! Join us on the second Wednesday of each month for an S.T.E.A.M. workshop. Each workshop will focus on a different train-themed topic and will include an introduction plus hands-on experimentation. Create, test, refine, and perfect your invention! Learn more about our S.T.E.A.M. Homeschool Workshop Series

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