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Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

2829 Cherokee St NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144-2823
+1 770-427-2117
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History for all age groups.

A large expedition of the construction of steam locomotives & they're use in the Civil War. The... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2018
Zeke T
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
Very interesting

This is a gem. The people are friendly & informative. A great piece of history. The General from... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
Pamela T
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Orland Park, United States
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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.
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2829 Cherokee St NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144-2823
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

A large expedition of the construction of steam locomotives & they're use in the Civil War. The main attraction is the 'General' which sits, with it's tender car at the end of the displays. The focus is the manufacturing, repair & use of the trains...More

Thank Zeke T
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

This is a gem. The people are friendly & informative. A great piece of history. The General from the locomotive chase is here as well as a factory that made steel parts for the trains. There was a lot of interesting things for young children...More

Thank Pamela T
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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

We took our 4 year old son here as a reward and he loved every minute of it. He loves trains and my husband loves anything that has to do with the civil war so it was a win win situation. I was surprised by...More

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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

We took our 4-year-old grandson here and he enjoyed it. He especially liked seeing the locomotive and the children’s interactive area. Interesting for adults, too!

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

The highlight of the museum is seeing "The General" locomotive. One Saturday in July you can actually climb on board - so check the date. You can also learn about the history of the Glover Machine Works, the builder of steam locomotives, that was located...More

Thank Astros58
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

This is a great museum featuring the Civil War as experienced in Kennesaw/Marietta GA. Worth a visit. Many exhibits offering details of the war and the railroad between Chattanooga and Atlanta. You have to experience the hijacking of "The General" locomotive by the rebels who...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Very well done exhibits. Informative and attractive displays. The General, the famous locomotive from the Civil War is on display. It is not a huge facility, but it is very inexpensive. Friendly staff. Recommended.

Thank Bill F
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

My guests were real locomotive enthusiasts and could have spent much more time . The General of Civil War importance has been beautifully restored. There was lots of information and an enjoyable film of the General's story. Kids might not want to stay long after...More

Thank Margie404
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

This museum is laid out very thoughtfully. We had a wonderful guide that shared some really interesting facts with us and pointed out things that we would have missed. It was a great tour!

Thank marykatherine2016
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Modest, but excellent presentation and interpretation of railroads and the Civil War. Also, great for mechanical engineers, especially if you like 19th century equipment and processes. Begins with photo,artifact, and diorama exhibit of the overall story of RRs in the war. Then you move into...More

Thank rsr6
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