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“Great Little Museum that could be more” 3 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.
Sewanee, Tennessee
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33 attraction reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Great Little Museum that could be more”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We enjoyed the museum. It had great displays, friendly staff and was well-maintained and clean. It is loved and beloved and it shows. A couple of thoughts:

1. We grew tired of hearing that it was affiliated with the Smithsonian. Every five feet we were reminded it was affiliated with the aging museum to the north. Who cares? This does nothing for me, and is actually a negative. When I hear that I think, "bureaucracy," "expensive," "politically correct," and more "expensive." You are good enough to stand on your own!! Please do.

2. The General was spectacular! Just, it is housed in a room that is way too small. I would like to have stepped back and seen it in its entirety, at least a little. It just looks cramped where it is, and the balcony on the back was nice, but I would like to have had one along the sides, too.

3. I wish the museum did more to link in to its locality. While it describes a lot of local places, I wish it had more artifacts, and more simple things like real windows to the outside or drawings that emphasize and show that all these things happened right here!

4. The movie is a little cheesy - but good. It mixes clips of the Fess Parker Disney movie with local actors. I kept wondering what the local actors added. Why not just show clips from the Disney movie? Fess Parker's coat is on display. It'd be nice if they could display more artifacts from the movie too. Even better if there were more from the camp, train and other period pieces from the robbery itself.

5. The museum has some really neat facts and trivia printed on displays but there is way too much copy. I could not read it all and my eyes and back were straining to read it. Edit it down! Also, I looked for a book in the bookstore that might have given me this information to take home and read. Didn't exist. I would have easily paid $20 for a well-made souvenir book that recaps the exhibits and has nice photos with all the facts from the displays.

We liked the museum, and the people, but left thinking it could be so much more.

Keep up the good work.

Visited March 2013
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TRIBUNE
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Lots of history!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

If you enjoy museums you will enjoy this. It is a small museum but learning about the General and it's history was the best part!

Visited January 2013
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Franklin, North Carolina
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“The place to go for civil war and steam locomotive history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This is an excellent museum for any civil war history buff with many displays to look at. Also, there is a huge display of the equipment used by the Grover Machine Works to build 200 steam locomotives that were delivered to 12 states and 12 countries. There are some locomotives on display including the "general" that was used in the "Great locomotive chase" that occurred in 1862 in northern Georgia during the civil war.

Visited February 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The days of the iron horse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This place takes one back to the days of the wood fired steam locomotives and the roll they played in the Civil War.

Visited October 2012
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent for Train & Civil War Buffs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

A real train! And a good history story to go along. Unique combination of the railroad and the Civil War. Good children's area. Frequent special events and exhibits. Excellent facility and convenient location and parking.

Visited December 2012
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