Train festival celebrates Forsyth’s history

November 8, 2013 

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The town of Forsyth is steeped in history, and Saturday’s 175 Years of Trains Festival celebrates just one aspect of its past.

“This year marks the 175th anniversary of the railroad in Forsyth, and we’ve had one of the old train depots added to the National Register of Historic Places, so we have joined with the Monroe County Historical Society and planned the day in celebration of that,” Forsyth Main Street Executive Director Loraine Khoury said.

According to a news release, Forsyth’s train depots, located along Adams Street, served as “departure points for troops in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II.”

The festival kicks off at 8 a.m. and includes a children’s art contest and Inflate-A-Fair, for which tickets are available for single jumps or festival goers may buy an all-day pass.

Live music begins at 9 a.m. with Jordan Faith, followed by Doc No Doc, Eclectic Jazz and Kaleigh Courson.

Concessions, including chicken-que, hamburgers and hot dogs, will be available, and there will be an engine simulator, trackless train ride and exhibits on railroad safety.

“The Macon Railroad Club is bringing a beautiful display of model trains, and we’ll have people in the depots to answer questions about our history,” Khoury said.

“It should be a good day.”

-- Laura Shirley

175 Years of Trains Festival

When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Historic train depots along Adams Street, Forsyth

Cost: Free admission

Phone: 478-994-7747

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