Historic High Country / Tunnel Hill

Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel and Museum

215 Clisby Austin Rd
Tunnel Hill, GA 30755

706-876-1571 | 800-331-3258
  • Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel circa 1850

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  • Entrance to Western & Atlantic Tunnel

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  • Clisby Austin House circa 1848

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  • Gift Shop

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  • Museum Exhibits

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  • Tunnel Museum and Visitor Center

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Walk through 1,477 feet of railroad and Civil War history at the Western and Atlantic Tunnel, completed in 1850. It was the first major railroad tunnel in the South, the final link in the first railroad tunnel through the Appalachian Mountains, and witness to the 1862 Great Locomotive Chase.

Take a guided tour, see original drill marks made during the making of the tunnel, and see where the Civil War's Great Locomotive Chase came through in 1862. Your tour includes the Tunnel, Visitor Center and Museum, and the 1848 Clisby Austin House that served as General Sherman's headquarters May 7-13, 1864.

The Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment takes place each September, the weekend after Labor Day.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $10.00

    Chilren and Seniors $5.00

    Discounts

    Group Discount

    Facility Amenities

    Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Handicapped Accessible, Pets Accepted

    Group Amenities

    Group Deposit Policy, Group Rates Available, Group Reservations Required , Group-friendly, Maximum Group Size, Minimum Group Size, Motorcoach-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    75

    Payment Options

    Discover, Mastercard, Visa

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment - Civil War 150th Commemorative Event

    Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment - Civil War 150th Commemorative Event

    09/06/2014 - 09/07/2014

    The Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment presents living history and battle action during this annual event held the weekend after Labor Day. Set on the historic grounds of the Clisby Austin House and adjacent to the Western and Atlantic Railroad Tunnel, the weekend brings to life the significant era of history during the War Between the States.

    Visitors can walk through the period encampments, talk with reenactors, shop in the sutler tents, and be eyewitness to the gun fire, ca... read more