Did you know that the most famous locomotives in U.S. History resides in Metro Atlanta, one in The Southern Museum in Kennesaw?
The General Locomotive, the stolen locomotive that starred in the well-known Civil War-era railroad chase (the subject of the Disney movie, The Great Locomotive Chase, 1956, starring Fess Parker) is the highlight of The Southern Museum. The feature at the end of your museum experience, The General is an awesome sight to behold, restored to its shining original glory and lovingly and painstakingly cared for by museum staff. After viewing a special version of the Disney movie, created specially for the museum, you can visit The General and see artifacts of the events and the men who made her famous.
But that’s not all The Southern Museum has to offer. Inside the 40,000 square feet of museum and educational space, The Southern Museum houses three permanent exhibits: The Great Locomotive Chase; Railroads: Lifelines of the Civil War, which includes rare weaponry, flags, uniforms, and other artifacts while exploring the vital role of railroads; and Glover Machine Works: Casting a New South, which focuses on the only full-scale, belt-driven locomotive assembly line in the country, owned and operated by Atlanta’s Glover family. The Southern Museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, who has described the Glover Machine Works exhibit as “the single most important collection of its kind.” And it’s right here in Metro Atlanta.
In addition, the Jolley Education Center provides an 8,000 square feet of interactive, educational exhibits that add to the museum experience and is the permanent home of the Georgia Merci Boxcar, a rare, in-tact example of thank you gifts sent from France to each state in the U.S. following World War II. There are also two fantastic summer camps for kids in two age groups: “Workin’ on the Railroad” (ages 5 to 8 years) – June 15 or 16 and “Civil War Soldier Camp” (ages 7 to 11 years) – June 22 or 23. Each one day camp (choose one date for enrollment) is from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and reservations can be made by calling 770-427-2117 , ext. 3173 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. What a great way for your child to experience a little bit of Georgia history in a fun setting!
The Southern Museum is over seven days a week: Monday through Saturday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. (Please note: The Jolley Education Center is closed on Sundays.) Admission is an amazingly affordable $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and under.
WHERE: The Southern Museum – 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144