When you visit Georgia, chances are you are going to want to see its museums. The state is rich in history and has some of the most cherished and historic small museums in the United States. They’re home to World War II memorabilia, early settler heirlooms, county records from the early 1800s, authentic hand tools, historic trains, and much more. Here are three of Georgia’s best small museums.
The Southeastern Railway Museum
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This museum in Duluth, Georgia, showcases trains that were used for transportation across America from the 1800s through the early 1970s. Visitors can view locomotives and rolling stock cars that are still in operating condition. People can walk through these antiquated cars and sit in cabooses to get the experience of what it was like to be a passenger many years ago. You can peruse railroad memorabilia and historic collections and ride with your family on one of the small train sets. You can find a collection of taxicabs, buses, and antique cars, as well. The museum also hosts a variety of special events for kids and adults. After a day of visiting this museum, return to the comfort of one of these hotels in Duluth.
The Uncle Remus Museum
This museum in Eatonton, Georgia, is dedicated to the memory of the children’s book author Joel Chandler Harris. During his lifetime, he wrote books that were based on his encounters with African-American slaves. He created and based his famed Brer Rabbit character on Uncle Remus, one of the slaves at Turnwold Plantation. He was born and raised in Eatonton and began writing when he gained employment at the plantation. He learned how to hand-press and developed an American plantation newspaper. He worked as a typesetter, editor, and secretary before he began writing his own novels. When you visit, you can reserve a group tour or a storytelling session.
The WWII Flight Training Museum
This base in Coffee County, Georgia, was once the site of a pilot training program at South Georgia College. It was the contract pilot school for the 63rd Army Air Force cadets during World War II. Thousands of cadets learned to fly aircraft here and went on to serve in the war. It is one of the few bases that is still intact and available for the public to see. Many of the original structures are still standing, including the barracks, hangars, training area, and the facilities used by the cadets. The aircraft and equipment used for training purposes have been well-maintained, too.
After you’ve viewed the exhibits and memorabilia, take a self-guided walking tour around the base. The museum and grounds are open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays only.
These are a few of the most impressive small museums to visit in Georgia. Check them out to add a little more adventure to your trip and learn something new. You and your family will enjoy taking time out of your day to see one of these museums.