Step back in time, for free

Admission to the Currahee Military Museum in downtown Toccoa is free tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 8. As part of Experience Toccoa Day, the museum is offering free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to residents of Stephens County.

Inside the walls of weathered wood slats that bear the scars and scrapes of hard use and desperate times, the simple, rough frames of narrow bunkbeds - neatly covered with drab military green- stand mute testimony to the echoes of mortar fire, whispered prayers, quiet camaraderie and courageous moments of normalcy in the midst of the bloodiest war on record…

The building is a 1922 horse stable from WWII in Aldbourne, England that served as home to some of the 506th’s Company Able and Company Easy – more popularly known as the Band of Brothers. The stable was dismantled and flown to the United States in 2004, and has been carefully reconstructed in its entirety inside the Currahee Military Museum. It is one of many exhibits focusing on the more than 18,000 men that trained at Camp Toccoa in the early 1940s as part of the Paratrooper Infantry Regiment, which included the 506th, 501st 511th, 511th, 517th and 295th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company.

In addition to military-related exhibits, the museum displays mementoes and treasures that recall small-town life at the turn of the century – including a popular display about the World’s Strongest Man - Toccoa’s own Paul Anderson.

The museum is located in the Historic Train Depot, 47 N Alexander Street, downtown Toccoa. For the Experience Toccoa Day free admission, visitors must have a form of local ID as proof of Stephens County residency and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Call 706-282-5055. if you have questions or would like to become a member of the historical society.


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