Camp McDonald Day | Southern Museum

The Southern Museum will host a public program at the Museum on June 10, 9:30 am – 5 pm, highlighting the anniversary and early history of Camp McDonald. Established on June 11, 1861 during the beginning of the Civil War, Camp McDonald served as a Confederate training camp for Georgia volunteers. The approximately 60-acre camp encompassed a large portion of present-day downtown Kennesaw.  Visitors will have a chance to interact with costumed living historians, learning about the experience of those early army volunteers and the way the camp impacted the surrounding area and citizens.  The event will feature regular weapons demonstrations, activities, and lectures by local historian Michael K. Shaffer. Walking tours of the Camp McDonald park site will also be offered should accessibility, demand, and weather permit.

Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors (60 years+), $5.50 for children (4-12 years old), and free for children 3 and under. Members are always FREE!




Mike Shaffe

Featuring lectures from local historian Michael K. Shaffer at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.


“The G.M.I Cadets and Camp McDonald"

During the Civil War, Big Shanty's Camp McDonald served as home to the largest military camp in Georgia. Thousands of young men learned the art of war at Camp McDonald before fighting on distant battlefields.  Colonel Arnoldus Brumby, an 1835 graduate of West Point, and veteran of the Second Seminole War, opened the Georgia Military Institute prior to the war. Several of the young G.M.I. cadets assisted in training the volunteers at Camp McDonald, and later, they too saw active duty in the field.


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