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.