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The New Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is OPEN! Grand Opening Photos March 30th 2003

Kennesaw Special Events!

APRIL 12th-13th, 2014
Come enjoy the 38th annual Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival April 12 and 13. The downtown Kennesaw area will be transformed into a giant family-friendly festival. There will be a variety of activities to entertain all ages.

While at the Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival take time to wander through more than 200 booths featuring a vast array of one-of-a-kind and homemade crafts. The Big Shanty Festival has grown through the years to become one of the largest arts and crafts shows in North Georgia. The location of the Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival plays up the rich heritage of Kennesaw and its important role in the Civil War. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History sits at the center of the festival. This Smithsonian-affiliated Museum is home to the famous “General” locomotive. IN addition to the Civil War Encampment, an enormous kids zone with inflatables big and small for kids of all ages will entertain kids big and small. The Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show will be roaming through the crowds to entertain all festival goers. Stop by and see the Master of the Chainsaw, Brian Ruth, as he transforms a four-foot log in to a work of art using only his chainsaws in less than an hour.

Of course it wouldn’t be a festival without outstanding local entertainment and all your favorite “festival foods”. Entertainment will include some of Kennesaw’s most talented residents performing, Little General Cloggers, ETO Demo team, Kennesaw Mountain Cloggers, members of Great Gig Dance Studio and many more community groups. The two entertainment stages will also feature performances by many of our area schools including Baker, Chalker, Pickett’s Mill, Big Shanty and Hayes Elementary, as well as Awtrey, McClure and Barber Middle School.

To kick off the festivities – A PARADE – will start at 9:30a.m. on Saturday, April 212The Parade features fabulous floats and proud marchers – over 2,000 youngsters alone representing every sport association and school in the area, plus winners of many pageants along with Allatoona, Kennesaw Mountain and North Cobb High School Bands. The Parade will start at Adams Park and continue down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw.

The Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival is held in downtown Kennesaw on both sides of Main Street (Highway 293) and is co-sponsored by the City of Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Business Association (a non-profit organization). The hours of operation are 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m. on Saturday, April 12 and noon-5:00p.m. on Sunday, April 13. Admission is FREE.
For more information call Bill Watson or Peter Jezerinac at 770-423-1330.

The Other Great Locomotive Chase Click Here for Windows Media Movie Trailer!
The Year is 1864, Grant is laying Siege to the city of Petersburg. 'TOGLC' is a recreation of an event that took place along the USMRR line out of City Point, Virginia. This is the rail line that General Grant had rebuilt and extended to supply Union Troops encircling the city. Based on the personal account of U.S. Captain William O'Brien; it is the story of an event that history had forgotten.

Buster Keaton Stars in The GeneralClick for Real Player Movie from Like Television!
"The genius of Buster Keaton is fully developed, as he plays Johnnie Gray - the engineer of his beloved train called The General" - LikeTelevision

English Engineer Fred's The General

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English Live Steam! Photos, Videos and a Scale Replica of the General from England!

David Cunningham's 6.25 Scale Locomotive General

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David Cunningham's 6.25 Scale Wooden General from Magnificent Woodworkings in Christiansburg Virginia.
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Smithsonian Affiliations Program
As a member of the program, the Southern Museum will have the opportunity to incorporate artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution's collections, such as Civil War or transportation relics, into its own exhibits. The Museum will also host exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Membership in the Smithsonian Institution Affiliation Program also allows the Museum access to Smithsonian historians who will give periodic lectures on topics ranging from the Civil War to the history of railroads.
E. Warren Clark
(on Cow Catcher) photographer and lecturer, located the "General" in 1892 on a siding at Vinings,GA. He had the idea of restoring "General" and exhibiting it at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This led to "General" being on display for over 100 years!
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