Take a fantastic day excursion or plan a whole weekend, this train journey starts in Cordele, Georgia just west of Interstate 75.
Ride in a 1949 vintage air-conditioned car, and explore a mix of romantic yesteryear and today’s new South. Thetrain is called the SAM Shortline and it stops in a number of small towns filled with history, attractions, restaurants and shopping.
Plains – This small Georgia town, made famous by President Carter is a stop on the Sam Shortline Excursion Train. Visit President Carter’s campaign museum, buy a bag of peanuts and visit Plain Peanuts for their famous Peanut Butter Ice Cream. If you’re planning a weekend consider the Plains Inn recently refurbished and beautifully decorated.
Another stop is Leslie the home of one of Georgia’s most unique museums. The Rural Telephone Museum is situated in a restored cotton warehouse and features a huge collection of antiques, switchboards, classic cars, colorful murals – and, of course, antique telephones. It is home to one of the largest collections of antique telephone and telephone memorabilia in the world. Train riders are charged a reduced rate admission of only $4.
The Victorian town of Americus is another stop. While in Americus, browse all the wonderful and quaint shops. The award-winning 1892 Windsor Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to turn your train excursion into a relaxing weekend vacation. You can even take in a show at the breathtaking 1921 Rylander Theatre.
Habitat For Humanity International Be sure and save some time for the Habitat For Humanity Global Village & Discovery Center, where you will learn how Habitat for Humanity International works in partnership with families to build strength, stability and self-reliance.
The 6-acre village is a unique way to see life-size Habitat houses from countries around the world without leaving Southwest Georgia. It features examples of their home construction around the world along with examples of living conditions in some of the worlds poorest areas where they do work. The Global Village & Discovery Center is a valued addition to the historical attractions of the area and a favorite stop on the SAM Shortline Excursion Train route.
If you have children I can’t think of a more educational experience than to walk through this village’s grounds. Every American child should learn how people in poorer countries live. Avery thought provoking and emotional experience.