Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Civil War on Wheels!



The Civil War 150 History Mobile, a museum on wheels that is now located between the Capitol and Old City Hall in downtown Richmond, has been traveling around Virginia since July 2011 as part of the State's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The History Mobile will be parked all week this week next to the Capitol and will be open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

A lot of history is squeezed into 500 square feet. The "Battle Room" is designed to look like a dark forest with flashes of light and startling audio that grab your attention. There are also rooms devoted to the home front, slavery and freedom, and the legacy of the war.

There are about 70 different stories told throughout the exhibit, including 40 in the legacy section as to how the war affected specific people, places, and even Jack the dog, a stray pooch who served with a Pennsylvania unit in Virginia, was injured at Malvern Hill in 1862 and even taken prisoner before being released. The exhibits use interactive devices such as touch screens, flip around panels, and other hands on techniques.

The History Mobile grew out of an exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society, which is just blocks from Maury Place at Monument. It has traveled more than 14,000 miles throughout the Commonwealth and been visited by more than 60,000 visitors of all ages. For more information, visit www.historymobile.org.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument