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Families learn about the history of Georgia railroads
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Guests enjoyed a model train area, courtesy of Peter Claymore, in the rotating gallery. - photo by Alexandra Smith

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“We’ve Been Working on the Railroad” featured the history of Northeast Georgia railroads.

Guests could participate in train art, making a miniature replica train, practicing signaling with railroad lanterns and more. Visitors also had the opportunity to learn how to send telegrams via Morse code.

Eighth-grader Cassandra Nix said she enjoyed sending telegrams and learning about trains.

“I will learn about railroads in my eighth-grade Georgia history class this year. It is cool to learn about train history here before I learn about it in class,” she said. “We try to come to the monthly family days; they are fun and educational.”

Outside, at Chief White Path’s Cabin, railroad tools were on display, and a railroad tie with two spikes in it was set up to let attendees try their hand at hammering railroad spikes.

Two-year-old Banks Evans enjoyed trying to hammer the spikes.

“Banks loves trains and so does his dad. We enjoy these monthly events at the history center. When we found out this month’s was about trains, we knew it would be perfect for our family,” said Killian Edwards, Banks’ mother. Evans’ father, Tim Evans, also makes model trains.

Operation Lifesaver, a large interactive mobile exhibit on railway-vehicle-pedestrian safety, was set up in the parking lot.

Kathy Amos told “The Legend of Bill Miner,” who was known as the last train robber.

At each “station,” a conductor punched tickets when an activity had been completed. 

The next family day on Sept. 14 will be “Civil War Sesquicentennial Family Day.”