Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel

215 Clisby Austin Dr, Tunnel Hill, GA 30755 Directions
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Report | 14 days ago
Interesting history lesson! Its chilly in the tunnel, and if your lucky you might catch a orb in one of your pics!
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Report | a month ago
Well worth it!
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Report | 2 months ago
A great outing for Civil War buffs or just someone checking out the history of their surroundings. Enjoyed it!
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Report | 2 months ago
Go before 3pm and go when it is not rainy or cold
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Report | 3 months ago
Great place. Great staff. Very knowledgeable I lo ed it.
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Report | 3 months ago
We live 5 mins away and have been to the area often but never done the tours. I didn't think the tour would be very interesting, but I was pleasantly surprised. We did the "Deluxe" tour (included the museum, Tunnel, and surrounding buildings) with a group of 5-6 people. It was interesting but not lengthy (30-45mins), so it would be a good activity to do with children. You can do walking or riding tours (we did the riding tour), so it's also good for those who might not tolerate extended walking. I do wish the museum would correct the grammar of the signs and handouts.
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Report | 4 months ago
Is fun and interesting
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Report | 5 months ago
Awesome tour!!!
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Report | 5 months ago
Take a jacket when it's cooler...tunnel is kinda chilly. David was a great tour guide!
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Report | 6 months ago
Great tour! Very interesting history.
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In 1848, railway workers embarked on a project to open up trade between the Midwest and East Coast by digging a 1,477-foot tunnel through the base of the Chetoogeta Mountain. Around them, the town of Tunnel Hill sprouted up, as well as Clisby Austin's antebellum-style home, which would go on to serve as a hospital and the headquarters of William Sherman during the Civil War. Train cars eventually outgrew the tunnel, leading to the construction of a larger, parallel tunnel and the retirement of the Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel in 1928.

Today, visitors can take a step back in time by walking though the restored tunnel's stone arches or gleaning factual tidbits at the Heritage Center Museum. Civil War reenactments bring the grassy fields to life, as the Federals and Confederates engage in battle and hoop-skirted civilians struggle to stitch up the field's time-space wormhole.

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