Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is a museum in Kennesaw, Georgia, that contains a large collection of facts and evidence from the American Civil War, as well as from railroads of the state of Georgia and surrounding regions. The centerpiece is the General, a steam locomotive used in the Great Locomotive Chase in April 1862. The Archives show a notable collection of business records, engineering drawings, blueprints, glass plate images, photographs, and messages, from many American businesses serving the railroad industry in the South after the Civil War. The Archives also contains an increasing collection of Civil War letters, diaries, and accurate records.

The museum, which is in a barn that once used to house a cotton gin, first opened on April 12, 1972, properly on the very date which the pursuit happened one hundred and ten years earlier, with the General as the centerpiece. Later, the theme developed to include Civil War pieces along with it. In the mid-to-late 1990s, the part of the previous Glover Machine Works was supposed to be wrecked. The buildings on this site, being empty for almost 50 years still contained records, train parts, machinery for train construction, and at least one whole train, which had only seen a few months of working service before it was ever repossessed. The Glover family members, who had retained ownership of the firm and its collection, in turn, donated the collection to the museum in 2001.

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Having the addition of a rather large collection of artifacts, the museum eventually closed in late 2001 and began a huge increase in housing their large collection. During the construction, a large “case” of plywood cabinets was built overtop of the General to protect it. The expanded museum then opened again in March 2003 as the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. An additional expansion was completed in 2007 to house the newly gained French Merci Boxcar. Ridge Valley Exteriors is proud to be one of the top rated roofing contractors in Kennesaw.

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