Toccoa, GA – While I was in northeast Georgia earlier this week, I took a side trip to the Currahee Military Museum. Located in Toccoa’s old train depot and operated by the Stephens County Historical Society, it’s actually two museums in one: the Currahee Military Museum, centered on the 501st, 506th, 511th, and 517th Parachute Infantry Regiments (PIRs) which trained at Camp Toccoa and Currahee Mountain and the Stephens County and the Stephens County History Museum, which covers the history of Stephens County, GA.
The Currahee Military Museum focuses on the 501st, 506th, 511th, and 517th PIRs which trained at Camp Toccoa in preparation deployment in World War II. If you’ve watched the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, you’re probably familiar with Camp Toccoa and Currahee Mountain since they were featured in it. They have a nice collection of artifacts, documents, memorabilia, and photos related to the training activity at Camp Toccoa and the subsequent actions of the units that trained there. The centerpiece is a stable from Aldbourne, England that was converted into billets for the 506th PIR during World War II. When it was going to be demolished in the early 2000s, it was instead taken apart piece by piece, shipped to Toccoa, and rebuilt inside the museum. It has six stalls, five of which feature displays on Camp Toccoa and the units and one that shows what the converted stable’s living quarters looked like.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Currahee Military Museum. It’s a small but well organized and well-presented museum that gives you insight into the training that went on at Camp Toccoa and the exploits of the units after they left Camp Toccoa with a helping of local history. Unless you’ve had a relative that trained there or have a specific interest in the units that trained there, I don’t know that I would make it the primary reason to visit the area, but if you’re going to be in the area I would definitely put it on my to-do list.