Follow the Tracks to Family Fun at Railroad Rendezvous!

photo of the general

Forge your own art! On July 20, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, in partnership with Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design, is hosting an iron pour as part of our annual summer family event that celebrates the history of railroads and the individuals who worked on them. Discover the science and skill behind the casting process by preparing your own unique scratch block design and watching it come to life through a live iron pour with a functioning furnace. Indoors, you can enjoy train layouts, including the Atlantic Coast S-Gaugers’ 30’x30’ layout and the North Georgia Tinplate Trackers’ popular O-gauge layout, along with other rail-road-themed fun. Educators will facilitate a variety of child-friendly activities inside the museum to draw connections between the demonstration and exhibits. Also, remember that this is your annual opportunity for our “Board the General!” experience! Attendees will have the rare opportunity to take a closer look around the cab and get a chance for a quick photo.

In addition to the day’s special event activities, visitors can explore the Museum’s permanent exhibits to learn about the Great Locomotive Chase, one of the Civil War’s most thrilling episodes. The Museum also includes a full-scale replica of The Glover Machine Works, a locomotive factory in nearby Marietta that helped rebuild the South after the war.

Museum event admission is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors (over 60), $5.00 for military and university students, $5.00 for children ages 3-17, and free for children 2 and under. Admission for Museum members is also free. There is an additional fee of $5 to board the General Locomotive (including members) and $10 for an iron pour scratch block. Monies raised go toward the support of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation and the Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design. Tickets will be available online beginning July 1, 2019. Unadvertised coupons and discounts will not be accepted on the day of the event.