The museum, at 241 East College Ave., in Ashburn, Ga., will open Aug. 27. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission: adults $3, seniors $2, kids 6-18 $1, under 6 free. You can eat traditional Southern fare on site at the Last Meal Cafe, from tin cups and tin plates.
Take Interstate 75 to U.S. 41. Ashburn is 160 miles south of Atlanta.
For accommodations and restaurants, contact the Ashburn-Turner County Chamber of Commerce, at (800) 471-9696 or www.turnerchamber.com on the Web.
Many of these side-trips are near Interstate 75, which runs through Georgia en route from the Midwest to Florida.
Andersonville National Historic Sites (229-924-0343), on state Route 49, including the National Prisoner of War Museum, a National Cemetery containing the graves of many of the 13,000 Union soldiers who died at Andersonville, an infamous prison where Civil War POWs were corralled without adequate food or shelter.
Habitat for Humanity headquarters (229-928-2227; www.habitat.org), on state Route 49 in Americus, featuring a Global Village and Discovery Center with exhibit on third-world slums.
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains (229-824-3413), on U.S. Route 280, and the farmhouse that was his boyhood home in nearby Archery.
Rural Georgia Telephone Museum (229-874-4786) and Veterans State Park in Leslie, on U.S. Route 280. The park, on Lake Blackshear, a popular bass-fishing spot, features a golf course and conference center.
The farmers market at Cordele, on U.S. Route 280, "Watermelon Capital of the World." Cordele also offers a '50s-style tourist train that stops at the phone museum, Habitat's Global Village, Plains and Archery. For details, check out www.samshortline.com or (229) 273-1668.
Blue and Gray Museum in Fitzgerald (229-426-5069), east of Ashburn on state Route 107, highlighting town history as a place where soldiers who fought on both sides in the Civil War lived in harmony in later years.
Jefferson Davis Memorial Park and Museum in Irwinville/Fitzgerald (800-864-7275), on state Route 125, where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union soldiers.
Georgia Agrirama (229-386-3344) in Tifton, on state route 125, a museum of early 20th century farm life.