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“Very interesting and informative” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144-2823
770 427 2117
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Kennesaw
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Former turn-of-the-century cotton gin now serves as a history museum focusing on the Civil War and the Glover Locomotive Works located in nearby Marietta.
Gainesville, Florida
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134 reviews 134 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“Very interesting and informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

This museum highlights the role of the railroad in the Civil War. The exhibits are well presented and the movie is not to be missed. All in all it was very educational and even managed to hold the attention of a 12 and a 7 year old for an entire afternoon.
It is extremely worthy of its Smithsonian relationship.
It houses the "General", the locomotive stolen by union troops and taken north to destroy the confederate rail lines along the way. Admission prices are reasonable.

Visited August 2012
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Atlanta Ga
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“Railroad and nineteenth century history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Truly worthy of its Smithsonian association. Very well laid out museurm with focus on the role of the railroad in War Between the States. Also an excellent view of industry in Georgia. The film should not be missed. Very well done telling of the General and Texas. We used this as a springboard into a North Georgia trip through historic sites. It more than served that purpose

Visited August 2012
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Warner Robins
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Southern Museum (Northwest Atlanta - Kennesaw)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Museum tells the story of Union soldiers stealing a train (The General) during the Civil War at Kennesaw and how they almost made it to safety in Tennessee. Was surpised by the size of this museum and all the displays. Has a 30 minute movie and the General locomotive (inside) and a caboose (outside). Decent admission charges and can easily spend 1 1/2 hours looking at the displays, etc. Worth the side trip to see this museum.

Visited July 2012
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Salt Lake, Utah
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80 attraction reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“Trains and Disney”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

If you are a child of the 50's you will remember the movie with Fess Parker. At the time I did not realize that this was based on the true story so I was thrilled to see the real trains and learn the true story of this event. Being the train fanatics my family is this was a interesting part of the civil war to visit.

Visited July 2012
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Marietta, GA
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Wonderful look back into the Civil War era”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

This is a wonderful museum (affiliated with the Smithsonian) housing exhibits covering railroad history during the Civil War including the great locomotive chase and the steam locomotive involved in that, the General. There is also a large section devoted to the Glover company, a local Marietta company that thrived during that time repairing and making steam locomotives. I would definitely recommend a visit for anyone with a speck of interest in local history. I had heard about the place for years, but glad I finally had an opportunity to visit this past Saturday.

Visited July 2012
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