Georgia Rural Telephone Museum
– The Largest Collection of Telephones and Telephone Memorabilia in the World.
Housed in a renovated 1920’s cotton warehouse are the largest, oldest, and rarest examples of tele-communication in the world dating from 1876 to the present; such as the early liquid transmitter from 1876, the first carrier to transmit speech, and a model of Alexander Graham Bell’s workshop.
Museum visitors take an hour long tour through the building, led by a trained guide. These tours take place every twenty minutes during business operators, provided that patrons are waiting. At least 1,500 telephones are on display inside the museum, including replicas of the same phone used by Alexander Graham Bell. They also have the McKinley telephone, which is an exact replica of the phone used to call and announce the death of President McKinley. The museum also displays a number of novelty phones from the 1950s-1980s.
The Georgia Rural Telephone Museum is home to other exhibits as well. The Indian Room has a full mural and a replica of an old Creek Indian village. Another room houses a large collection of insulators and paperweights used by Bell companies in the past. The Presidential Switchboard is the same one used by Jimmy Carter during his campaign in the 1970s.
– Shortline Excursion Train
“All Aboard!” The nostalgic tune of a train whistle is bringing visitors to Americus from all over the country. Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage cars, you’ll enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today’s South. While the train travels past pecan groves and country farms, it stops in Americus, Cordele, Leslie and Plains.
Step off the train at any of these towns, catching it back on the return trip.
Better yet, spend the night at the Windsor and resume your excursion the next day.
Check out the link on the left for Sam – the Shortline Excursion Train