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Civil War History Mobile coming to Caroline County

Virginia’s Civil War History Mobile Coming to Caroline County, Town of Bowling Green, and the Caroline Museum and Cultural Center

August 25 – 27

- 18-wheeler is filled with interactive, multi-sensory exhibits and activities –

Alan Partin – Interim County Administrator

(Bowling Green): Civil War history is on the move in Virginia as its special 18-wheeler Civil War History Mobile rolls into Bowling Green for a three-day visit Thursday, August 25th, through Saturday, August 27th. The exhibit, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the Civil War Commission, will be located on Courthouse Lane in the Town of Bowing Green.  Hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday August 25 & 26.  The History Mobile will close at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27th.  Admission is free.

The expandable 53-foot tractor trailer contains a high-tech immersive experience detailing Virginia’s incomparable place in Civil War history. The exhibits were designed through a partnership between the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Battlefields Park and the Virginia Historical Society and examine Virginia’s Civil War history from the viewpoints of soldiers, civilians and slaves. The History Mobile is also supported by the Virginia Tourism Corporation through which visitors can obtain information on visiting Virginia Civil War sites at the exhibit, as well as by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Visitors will encounter history in ways they may have never seen. Touring through the exhibit a visitor will enter a battle environment and be surrounded by the bewildering sense of chaos experienced by soldiers. The Homefront exhibit calls on visitors to place themselves in the shoes of wartime civilians and make the same choices that confronted Virginians of those times. Slavery is examined through the perspectives of those who tried to escape to freedom as well as those who chose to stay where they lived. The enduring legacy of the war is presented as a loss/gain scenario that challenges visitors to examine their own perspectives.

The History Mobile exhibit will also include a living history campsite, live Civil War era music, storytelling, guest speakers and the opening of theCaroline Museum and Cultural Center.

More information about Virginia’s Civil War History Mobile and the initiatives of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the Civil War Commission can be found at www.virginiacivilwar.org. For information on visiting Civil War sites throughout Virginia go to www.Virginia.org/CivilWar.

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