MONTEZUMA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Walk into the old Train Depot in Montezuma, and you will instantly notice a transformation in time. The depot, which once served as the hub for cargo and passenger trains passing through Macon County, now serves as the Historical Society's gathering spot for artifacts.
When you walk through the front door of the building, you are instantly surrounded by pieces and replicas of life from Macon County. The living room, bedroom set, and kitchen pieces show life in the early 1900's.
The uniforms on the walls date back to every war a Macon county resident has fought in. Pictures of Indians and settlers line another wall. Refurbished scales tell the stories of cotton as it passed through the depot, got loaded onto the train cars, and then made its way across the country.
There is also a model train set, depicting the entirety of Macon county. When looked at from above, it's easy to see how spread the county is, and how vital the railroad was, and continues to be, for the county.
The tracks crisscross the Flint River, pass through Montezuma, Oglethorpe, Ideal, and connect Marshallville. The train system no longer carries passengers, only cargo now, as it passes through the counties.
But if you're looking to step back in time, curious about how Macon county came to be, and what brought many ancestors to the area, check out the Train Depot. Find out for yourself, how Macon county is Making Middle Georgia Great.