Explore the history of everything railroad-related at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. Check out the model train layouts, hear tales about life on the rails in the Hobo Jungle and tour Operation Lifesaver’s mobile exhibit on rail safety. Activities include sack races, ring toss, bean bag toss, crafts and live music throughout the day. Attendees also will have the chance to climb aboard the General, the steam locomotive made famous during the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase.
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 18. $5-$7; free for children younger than 3. Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-427-2117, southernmuseum.org.
Civil War Living History Weekend
Watch the past come alive as Barrington Hall holds its fourth annual Civil War Living History Weekend. Tour the encampments and view the weapon and uniform displays to get a better idea of what life was like for the average solider from both the Union and Confederate sides. A cavalry unit will drill, and music from the era will provide a backdrop for dancing. A children’s activity area will connect youngsters with war stories. Civil War memorabilia sellers and food vendors also will be on hand.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18-19. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. 678-639-7500, roswellgov.com.
Chalk About Swimming
Chalk it up to the heat, but it’s probably time to hit the pool. If you’re looking for more than just a dip, the Lenora Park Pool invites the public to sketch artwork with themes around summer and swimming. Judges will pick some of the best entries and hand out prizes during the afternoon safety break. The $3 entry fee includes all the chalk needed to complete your masterpiece. The pool will be open normal hours during the event for those who need to cool off while creating.
1-3:30 p.m. July 18. $3, plus regular pool admission of $3.25-$10.50. Lenora Park Pool, 4315 Lenora Church Road, Snellville. 770-982-5309, gwinnettcounty.com.
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