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“Most impressive item - The General” 2 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 #2 of 14 things to do in Kennesaw
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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.
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“Most impressive item - The General”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Reasonable ($7.50) entrance fee, unfortunately a lot of reading (long text plates) rather than intelligently arranged items. Yes, the museum explains the important role of the railways during the Civil War, but expects you to have a broad knowledge background on the war itself already to understand most. You'd expect a more comprehensive Civil War picture according to the museum's title, but you just get a glimpse. Probably I should have read everything, but it's just not entertaining.

So , also kids will get bored, until they see the General (which is the last item before you then leave the museum after following a fully arranged path).

Visited August 2013
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northern california
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“Outstanding museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is a terrific museum about the Civil War, specifically the role of the railroads. Terrific collection of memorabilia, especially The General, a civil war locomotive that was involved in a famous train theft by northerners trying to disrupt southern rail travel. They have a brief film about the event, and the gift shop sells this video plus the two Hollywood movies made on the subject, one by Buster Keaton and one with Fess Parker. There is also a section for kids to do some interactive learning. A great way to spend a few hours.

Visited August 2013
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Covington, Louisiana
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“A great way to spend an afternoon.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

My husband and I decided to check out this place on a Sunday afternoon. It was well worth the $7.50 per adult entrance fee. There are several carbines, long rifles, and pistols on display as well as uniforms and sundries. The exhibit then moves into the local factory that built locomotives including The General. They have a great kid's area where you can build your own railroad, drive the train, and play dress up. You move to the theater that rolls a movie reenacting the great chase and then you move onto The General. Finally, you end up in the gift shop. Well done and enjoyable, especially if there is a train lover in your family.

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta
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“Civil War buffs will enjoy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

This museum takes you on excellent journey following the true tale of the backwards railroad chase by locomotive The General after another Southern train was stolen from Kennesaw, Ga. At the time we were present, there was a fantastic, well done, traveling exhibition on slavery in the U.S. it included it's origins and ran all the way through the termination of slavery.

Visited October 2012
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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“Wonderful learning experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Went here with my brother who was visiting. We enjoyed the movie which was very educational regarding The General. this place is only a mile from my home so it was convenient, reasonable and very informative. All ages should enjoy this place full of history!

Visited April 2013
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