The 6th Calvary Museum – Chattanooga Museums Series 1

2017-08-28 | Art, Education, Event

Our first stop on the Museum Hop was the 6th Calvary Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. The Museum Hop was sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Railroad, as well as several other noted sponsors, such as EPB Fiber Optics and The Pulse. Our thanks to all of them for their contribution to this memorable event.

The 6th Calvary Museum is a destination for those who crave learning more about the history of our country. The museum is packed with plaques, banners, figures, weapons, and documents about the service of the “Fighting Sixth” Calvary.

The 6th Calvary on the Parade Ground at Fort Oglethorpe

The 6th Calvary on the Parade Ground at Fort Oglethorpe

The 6th Calvary fought in the Civil War

The 6th Calvary fought in the Civil War

The Calvary fought in many wars, including the Civil War, the Indian Wars, WWII, and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. There are still 6 squadrons stationed in various locations in the US.

6th Calvary in the Philippines

6th Calvary in the Philippines

Equipment for ancient wars

Equipment from ancient wars

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The staff at the museum are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. One staff member told us how they “acquired” the tank that is now on display. She said someone left the tank in the middle of the parade ground. Volunteers were able to move the tank to the side of the museum where a shed was built to protect it. Alongside it is a Bantam Jeep.

Tank with Bantam "Jeep" in the background

Tank with Bantam “Jeep” in the background

Did you know that the Jeep did not originate from Willys Overland? It was designed and built by the American Bantam Car Company under the direction of Karl K. Probst. Learn more here.

Don’t miss the art exhibit by Jim Harris on the second floor. It is an interesting collection of the iconic buildings in Rossville, GA.

Go upstairs to see Jim Harris "Rossville Remembered" Exhibit

Go upstairs to see Jim Harris “Rossville Remembered” Exhibit

An example of Jim Harris art collection

An example of Jim Harris art collection

If you want to learn more about history or introduce your children to the story of our country, take an hour or so to visit this fine museum.

6th Calvary Museum Information:

 

Adults – $3

Students – $2

Seniors 62 and older – $2

Children under 5 – Free

Phone number – 706-861-2860

Address – 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742

Hours – Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Closed Wednesday – Saturday the week of Thanksgiving.

Closed December 23 through January 3

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