N.C. Transportation Museum’s

Gratitude Train Rail Car Focus of Community Celebrations

The weather’s warming up in North Carolina (thank goodness!), so to celebrate an early spring with your family, why not take a day trip over to Salisbury for a little family fun this weekend?

The North Carolina Transportation Museum is partnering with local businesses to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the North Carolina Merci boxcar’s arrival in Raleigh. Check out the celebration, called 49 Days of Gratitude, to enjoy games, activities, and more with the whole family.

It runs until March 30, and there’ll be events for all ages. The closing ceremony is on March 30 and will include a Voice of Veterans show, but you don’t have to wait until the end of March to get on the gratefulness train. View full schedule.

Remember the Right to Ride

On Saturday, March 2, the Transportation Museum will host a special visit from Dr. Blair L.M. Kelley. Kelley’s running a program at 1 p.m. that dives into the early 20th-century streetcar boycott movement. Kids and adults alike can learn more about the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Kelley’s book, and even meet Dr. Kelley.

Convenient and close

If you hop on the highway, Salisbury (right by Spencer) is only about 45-50 minutes away from Charlotte and about 35 minutes from Concord. So make the day trip over to the Transportation Museum and celebrate 49 Days of Gratitude with our friends from all over Rowan, Cabarrus, and Mecklenburg Counties!

Stay tuned for more Family Fun! ideas! ~ Leigh