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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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Summer of 1864 Still Resonates 150 Years Later1864-1

By Jonathan Scott, curator of the Southern Museum This summer marks the sesquicentennials of General William T. Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea, two military episodes that forever changed the Georgia landscape. While it’s been 150 years since … Continue reading 

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Trip Supports Southern Museum

Proceeds from the March 22 excursion on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway benefit the Kennesaw Museum Foundation in its support of the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. [View the story “Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Trip Supports Southern … Continue reading 

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Southern Museum to Commemorate Sesquicentennial of Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March1864-1

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Atlanta Campaign and the final full year of the Civil War with a special exhibit. From May 3 until July 20, precisely 150 years after … 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 ExhibitPortraits in Gray