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Civil War 150 HistoryMobile coming to Deltaville

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile

History is on the move in Virginia as the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile rolls into Deltaville for a three-day visit on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 15-17. The exhibit, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will be at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The expandable 53-foot tractor-trailer uses immersive spaces and interactive exhibits to draw together stories of the Civil War and Emancipation from the viewpoints of those who experienced it across Virginia—young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians.

Visitors will encounter history in ways they may have never experienced before. The HistoryMobile exhibit is divided into four sections: Battlefront, Homefront, Journey to Freedom, and Loss-Gain-Legacy.

From the bewildering sense of chaos experienced by soldiers, to the last letter written by a dying son to his father after sustaining a mortal wound, to a hushed conversation between a husband and wife considering the great risks and rewards of fleeing to freedom, the HistoryMobile presents the stories of real people in Virginia whose lives were shaped by the historic events of the 1860s, and invites visitors to imagine, “What Would You Do?”

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile crosses the state visiting museums, schools, and special events. Its four-year tour began in July 2011, and since then it has made over 70 stops and attracted visitors from every state and a number of other countries. It will continue to tour through spring 2015.

In addition to learning more about Virginia’s history, the HistoryMobile also provides visitors with tourism information about the many historic sites and destinations that they can explore today. Interactive maps and touch-screen kiosks located at the HistoryMobile allow visitors to easily plan their next trip.

This coming year is the 150th anniversary of John Taylor Wood’s campaign in Middlesex County. On August 17-18, the Deltaville Maritime Museum will have a re-enactment of Wood’s ambush of the gunboat “General Putnam” on Wilton Creek in Hartfield and his capture of the gunboats “Reliance” and “Satellite” on the Rappahannock River.

On this weekend, the historic marker commemorating Wood’s actions will be dedicated near Wilton Creek.

Call 776-7200 for more information.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 07.31.2013

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