Just down Old 41, downtown Kennesaw stands as its own testament to the historic legacy of Cobb County. Our destination was the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. (This was a bit of a mouthful so we call it the “Train Museum”). Here we were met with museum curator Jonathan Scott who kindly gave us an enthusiastic tour of the large collection of civil war and locomotive memorabilia.
While most of us learn about the Civil War by its ideology and politics, today we focused on how technology shaped the events that forever changed our great nation, and especially our community. The southern economy relied heavily on agriculture until post-war rebuilding efforts gave birth to “The New South.” Enter James Glover, whose iron foundry sparked industrial revolution in the south. His factory in Marietta was ultimately used to manufacture small trains and created a booming economy in Cobb County. He’s also the gentleman who donated the land in Marietta Square now appropriately named Glover Park.
The LL Crew was fascinated by the museum and its main exhibit: The General, the original steam train that was stolen during the Great Locomotive Chase in 1862. We learned all about how Union spies attempted to sabotage the Confederacy with a train heist. We all came to appreciate how much the railroad affected the course of our local history.
Next we all stopped for lunch at the Kennesaw Dog house where we were all treated to chili-dogs and burgers. Fighting a mid-day food coma, we all piled on the bus and headed to Smith-Gilbert Gardens, a local botanical marvel.
Mr. Shaffer told us that this was his second favorite place in Cobb County (after his own back yard) and we split off into groups to tour the grounds. Mr. Smith and Dr. Gilbert were great fans of art and beauty, so we all enjoyed seeing the plants and sculptures which all tell stories about God’s creation. In the rock garden, Mr. Shaffer pointed out a Japanese maple tree along the stream that always reminds him of Psalm 1 (“Blessed is he whose delight is in the law of the Lord… He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither”). Ultimately, we were all reminded to walk not in the ways of the wicked, but to delight in the Law of the Lord.
Finally we did our part to give back to the gardens and the community by pulling weeds in the flower beds. It was easy to hold contempt for the tedious work, but we did it with joy in our hearts.
Sometimes, much like weeding, we may feel that following the Law of the Lord is tedious. But when we delight in Him and live in a way that is righteous, we find that God watches over us. Therefore we find peace as good citizens of our brotherly community just as Christ gives us peace as good citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Vinny Inesta, Senior