Georgia Rural Telephone Museum


In 1876, Western Union dismissed the newly invented telephone as having "too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication." Yet, probably no other engineering feat has so revolutionized the daily lives of ordinary people. This museum boasts more than 2,500 telephones and related equipment, including a replica of Alexander Graham Bell's workshop, where he and his talented engineer Tom Watson invented the first telephone. The exhibits feature hundreds of 19th and 20th century phones, switchboards, an early telephone booth, and telephone poles and insulators.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Electrical
Topic(s):Sounds/Music
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The first telephone lines in the U.S. were point-to-point connections that used either the customer's privately owned telegraph line or a telegraph line leased from Western Union. Atlanta's first such private line was installed in 1877 and connected the Western and Atlantic Freight Depot with Durand's Restaurant in the Union Passenger Station.