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Chickamauga Turn’s Trip to Down Home Days Festival

On a memorable day, passengers boarded the Chickamauga Turn for an unforgettable journey to the historic Civil War town of Chickamauga, Georgia, via the former Central of Georgia Railroad. This six-hour train ride offered a unique blend of scenic beauty, historical exploration, and local festivities, making it an ideal outing for families, history buffs, and train enthusiasts alike.

Discovering Historic Chickamauga

Departing from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, the Chickamauga Turn took passengers on a scenic ride through the picturesque landscapes of Tennessee and Georgia. The highlight of the trip was a 90-minute layover in downtown Chickamauga, a town steeped in rich Civil War history. During the layover, passengers had the opportunity to explore several historic landmarks and participate in the vibrant Down Home Days Festival.

Exploring the Down Home Days Festival

The Down Home Days Festival, celebrating its 50th year, was a beloved local event that featured a wide array of activities, vendors, and entertainment. Here’s what attendees experienced:

  • Vendor Booths: Over 150 local businesses and vendors offering crafts, food, and unique products.
  • Kids Zone: Jump Dunk and Slide inflatables, a kiddie train, pony rides, basketball shoot, and more.
  • Live Entertainment: Performances by local musicians and entertainers, including a headlining act by comedian Big Rich Brock at 6:30 PM.

Visiting Historical Landmarks

During the layover, passengers took the time to visit some of Chickamauga’s notable historical sites:

  • Crawfish Springs: This historic site played a crucial role during the Civil War, serving as a water source for troops.
  • Gordon-Lee Mansion: Tours of this beautifully preserved mansion were available for a small admission fee at the door. The mansion offered a glimpse into the past, showcasing the architecture and lifestyle of the era.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What was the significance of the Chickamauga Turn?
    • The Chickamauga Turn provided a historical journey along the former Central of Georgia Railroad. This route was significant for its role in transporting goods and troops during the Civil War. The train ride offered a unique opportunity to experience this historic route firsthand.
  • How did passengers book tickets for the Chickamauga Turn?
    • Tickets for the Chickamauga Turn were booked through the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s website. It was recommended to book in advance, especially for special events like the Down Home Days Festival.
  • Were there dining options available during the layover?
    • Yes, downtown Chickamauga offered several dining options. Passengers enjoyed local cuisine at various restaurants and food vendors participating in the Down Home Days Festival. Whether they preferred a sit-down meal or quick bites from festival stalls, there was something for everyone.

Plan Your Visit

Event Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2024

Layover Time: 90 minutes

Location: Downtown Chickamauga, GA

Departure: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN

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