You can explore these towns and attractions while riding SAM Shortline Excursion Train. View directions to depots.
- Georgia Veterans State Park and Military Museum
- Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club
- The Rural Telephone Museum (Leslie)
- Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village (Americus)
- Café Campesino (Americus)
- The Beautiful Rylander Theatre (Americus)
- The Windsor Hotel (Americus)
- President Carter’s Campaign Museum (Plains)
- President Carter’s Boyhood Home (Archery)
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Andersonville National Historic Site and National POW Museum
The train does not always stop in every town. Depending on which day you travel, the train stops long enough for passengers to get on and off the cars, usually 5 minutes. Some stops are longer layovers. If you would like to tour one of the towns longer, you may catch the train back on its return trip, or even the next day (if scheduled to run that day).
Georgia Veterans State Park – Georgia Veterans State Park is sometimes the beginning location for SAM Shortline train. You will need to check boarding location for Cordele or Ga. Veterans Park. Ga. Veterans park is featuring championship golf, sparkling Lake Blackshear and military exhibits. While at Georgia Veterans Park, visit Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club where you can enjoy golfing, dining and stay in a beautiful lodge. Each room is elegantly decorated with your own patio and view of Lake Blackshear. Physical address of the Train stop on the Park is 2459 U S Hwy 280 West., Cordele, Ga. 31015.
Leslie – Your next stop will be Leslie, home of one of Georgia’s most unique museums. The Rural Telephone Museum is situated in a beautifully restored cotton warehouse that showcases antiques, switchboards, classic cars, colorful murals – and, of course, antique telephones (admission fee).
Americus – The Victorian town of Americus is your next stop. Tour Habitat for Humanity’s new Global Village. While in Americus, browse all the wonderful and quaint shops. The award-winning 1892 Windsor Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to turn your train excursion into a relaxing weekend vacation. You can even take in a show at the breathtaking 1921 Rylander Theatre.
Plains – The small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter is your next stop. While in Plains, browse President Carter’s campaign museum and an antique mall, then buy a bag of peanuts from local merchants. Visit the Plain Peanuts to try their peanut butter ice cream.
Archery – A bit further down the tracks is the community of Archery, featuring President Jimmy Carter’s boyhood farm. The train will stop just steps from his old front porch, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore this National Historic Site before the SAM Shortline returns to the depot.