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Locals can learn about North Georgia’s rail history

History center to conduct forum, family day with railroad as focus

POSTED: August 7, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Railroads cut through the Northeast Georgia mountains and helped shuttle goods and mail from many points along its route. Now, the Northeast Georgia History Center plans to expand children and adults’ knowledge on the topic with two separate events.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, a history forum will explore the impact of the Gainesville Northwestern Railway Line. Chris Brooks will talk about the railway line and how it served sawmills in Helen.

Admission is free for History Center members and $3 for nonmembers.

Five days later, parents and children can enjoy a family day with the theme “We’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”

From 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, participants may view the railroad history of the Northeast Georgia region through exhibits of artifacts, memorabilia and photos. Special exhibits include a working model train, local railway cafe, The Big Bear Cafe and Operation Lifesaver Railroad Safety.

Museum patrons can see in interactive exhibits of railroad tools and communication, make railroad crafts and more.

Admission is free. The Northeast Georgia History Center is at 322 Academy St. NE in Gainesville.

For more information on both events, call 770-297-5900, visit or email


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