Fun Places to Visit in Kennesaw - Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

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For families looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is the just the place to visit. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian and offers visitors a look at how the railroad was used during the and after the civil war.

There are a number of exhibits that allow visitors to take a hands-on approach to learning about history, which will make your visit fun for everyone in the family. The most popular attraction at the museum is “The General” Locomotive. This made history when it was hijacked by rebels during the war. For visitors that plan their trip for a Saturday, you will actually be allowed to climb aboard this historic locomotive for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity.  

Aside from the famous General, you will also be able to learn all about the history and builder of steam locomotives, Glover Machine Works. The museum is rich in historical information that details many of the events that occurred during the war and what happened with the railroad between Atlanta and Chattanooga.

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History open early at 9 am, and closes at 5 pm on weekdays, and is open from 11 am – 6 pm on Sundays, so make sure to get there early to enjoy as much of the museum as possible. Admission for adults is affordably priced at $7.50, and $6 for senior visitors, while children aged 4-12 are 45.50 and children 3 and under may visit the museum free of cost with an accompanying adult. There is free parking at the museum, as well as across the street.

There are fun events for children to participate in such as learning to make candles and using real quill’s to write correspondence, just like they did during the civil war. Depending on when you arrive, visitors are also able to visit the outdoor campground to watch simple reenactments of civil war activities, and even see old-fashioned rifles in action.

The museum also offers a special day every month for visitors with sensory disabilities. There are guided tours and the atmosphere is specially configured for those extra special visitors who need a bit more attention and time during their visit.

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History has a rich collection of exhibits that teach visitors how important the railroads were during the civil war. Exhibits showcase cargo that was transported such as weapons and medical supplies and even has preserved pictures of portions of the war fought on the railroads.

Along with the railroad history, this museum offers visitors a glimpse into the daily lives of citizens and soldiers alike who lived through the Civil War. Many personal effects such as leather goods, Bibles, personal weapons and clothing and much more are available on display. There are plenty of interactive activities which are sure to keep the younger ones occupied and interested, while also presenting a wealth of historical information for all ages.