Saturday, November 12, 2011

Columbus Georgia

Long Blog - Busy Day

We started out the day at the new National Infantry Museum at Ft Benning, it's located at a location where you don't have to pass through any of the gates manned with guards. This museum opened in 2009, prior to that would had to go through an MP check point and get a pass to go to the back section of the base to the old museum. I'm going to start with telling a little about the old museum, it was in an old three story building that was one of the originals on the base, if you saw the movie “WE WERE SOLDIERS” it was filmed on this base and the housing where the soldiers family's lived was the same street that the museum was on. Across from the museum at the Park/Parade grounds there were about two dozen different monuments to the different units and such. I think that we were the only ones there that day, the museum had tons of one of a kind artifacts on display and half of the displays were out in the open. On the one floor every unit had a large stained glass window of their unit insignia hanging, what I'm saying is that the old museum was great, so If I don't sound to excited about the new one you'll know that I'm comparing it to the old. Which thank God we were fortunately able to tour years ago.

And now the NEW Museum, OK, If you have never been here this new museum is fantastic, after entering the lobby and being greeted by a docent you climb the last hundred yard ramp. This takes you from the first American infantry in battle right up to our current conflicts. This walk is filled with video displays and very well done, once you reach the second floor you start the exhibit area, They have so much squeezed in here that I found it a little confusing to follow and be sure to see everything, but there are some great artifacts here so don't miss them.

The new museum is much more family or kid oriented with a rifle range (not open yet) restaurant, snack bar, Imax theater and more.

The thing we didn't like was that two displays were gated off and closed, The Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, when we asked why they were closed they said that they were still trying to raise funds to finish them. Now they had the funds for a restaurant, a snack bar, an Imax and a rifle range (all of which require admission charges) but not for the two displays that started this country on it's way to greatness and the first footsteps of the American Infantry Soldier which this museum is named after.

Please don't let me discourage you, if you are in the area this museum is defiantly worth your time to stop and see.

Here's a few pictures:

 New Building
Statue in the lobby

Combat Infantry Badge, this is what it's all about.

Click to enlarge, these rules still make a lot of sense.

 Shows how the displays are a little crowded

One of the two closed sections that we wanted to see

A few miles down the road and you'll find the National Civil War Navel Museum, it was originally named the Confederate Navel Museum but has since changed.

This museum gives you a great history of both Navies during the Civil War. One room is dedicated to the CSS Jackson, which was designed to be a blockade runner, it was constructed of Pine,Oak and they encased in Iron siding. This vessel was sunk and after 100 years the hull was found and raised. It's on display and they have made an aluminum frame work that shows what the ships original design was.

They have a section of the Gunboat CSS Chattahoochee on display, there is a life size replica of the turret from the Monitor, which is much larger then I ever imagined. They have recreated a section of the USS Hartford, Admiral Farragut's flag ship, with displays showing what navy life about ship was like. I think they made it look much nicer then it really was.

 Hull of the CSS Jackson with aluminum framing showing her full size.

more of the hull

Another room holds a large collection of flags, all of them are original, and explain the ship they were from and it's role in the war and battles. There is much more there to see.

Hall of Flags

Gun turret of the Monitor, life size.

 Model used in making the TNT movie "The Ironsides"

 USS Hartford, Admiral Farragut's flag ship

Click to enlarge and read about the amazing Horace King,  for years now it seems like every time we turn around we're running into something about Horace.  We even stumbled over his grave one year.

After you leave the museum you can walk out back and enjoy a stroll along the Chattahoochee River Walk.

On the way out of town we spotted the Columbus Botanical Gardens. This is a work in progress and from what we found out it is run by volunteers. We walked through it in about 30 minutes, they have a 20 years plan and it should be fun to watch as they keep adding new sections.

This made a pretty long day since it was about an 80 mile drive each way so the last thing I wanted to see when we got home and I opened the shade on the rear window of the slide was the widow shattered. I check with a few neighbors and they said nobody was mowing or weed wacking in the park today so I guess I can rule that out, but there was an impact point in the middle of the window so we're thinking that it might have been a bird strike. No sign of a dead bird below the window but then again there are about 500 cats in the stables behind the park.

We found a guy through Camping World that is coming out Thursday to replace it for us. Hey it's only money, what ever we don't spend the kids will.

1 comment:

scott davidson said...

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