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At August’s end we took off for a few days on Amelia Island, Fl, but left early to race Irene home.  We stopped in Savannah for the afternoon and spent some wonderful hours at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum.  The museum is administered by the Coastal Heritage Society, a dedicated group of volunteers like Mr. Roberson, pictured below in the blacksmith’s shop where he worked to craft a leaf for an item destined for the gift shop.

I’ve had the pleasure of traveling by train from Milwaukee to Chicago, Glasgow to Bath, and around the metropolitan D.C. and Atlanta, GA areas.  There really is nothing like hopping on a train, riding and chatting with my spouse or children or friends (or all at the same time!) – or even just watching the scenery roll past.  Sometimes, if I happen to be riding during the evening commute, I see women peacefully crocheting as someone else does the driving.  (I wonder who is lucky enough to receive those bits of needlework?)

But – the railroad museum and the coastal heritage society.  The museum features some video presentations about the site’s history, which includes a portion of a Revolutionary War battlefield.  The site was active before the Civil War as a railroad repair facility, continuing through varying degrees of fortune until it closed in 1963.

The equipment displayed at the site is lovely, although there may be some people who object to that adjective for such massive pieces of machinery.  However lovely the equipment, the day was drab and rainy, but that meant we had the chance to wander through some of the cars and wonder what it would be like to travel with colleagues, for instance, and sit around the table in one of the conference cars.   I think it would be a rather relaxing way to ‘work.’

Our Pentax quit on us so I had to use my husband’s Droid to take pictures.  I can only hope this sample conveys some of the enjoyment we experienced there.  Kudos to the Coastal Heritage Society!  [October ’11, Barbara Butler McCoy]