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Virginia’s Civil War 150 HistoryMobile Due in Fredericksburg on Dec. 7-9

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Staff members welcome visitors to the Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile.

 just in from the Virginia Tourism Corporation:

18-wheeler walk-through museum exhibition is filled with interactive, multi-sensory exhibits and activities

RICHMOND–Virginia Civil War history will be on the move as the custom, 18-wheel Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile visits Fredericksburg on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-9.

On Friday, the HistoryMobile will be at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, 1013 Lafayette Blvd. On Saturday and Sunday, it will be at Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane in southern Stafford County, on the heights occupied by the Union army during the Battle of Fredericksburg a century and a half ago.

The HistoryMobile will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

Virginia’s HistoryMobile pays a call to Arlington National Cemetery, where its interactive exhibits had many visitors.

An initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the Civil War Commission, the HistoryMobile contains a high-tech immersive experience detailing Virginia’s incomparable place in Civil War history.

To see a slideshow of some of the HistoryMobile’s travels throughout the commonwealth, and more information about its exhibits, click here.

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 HistoryMobile 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 experienced as they are confronted in the Battlefield exhibit by the bewildering sense of chaos experienced by soldiers.

Picking portraits that interest them, younger visitors learn more about Virginians whose lives were changed by the American Civil War.

The Homefront exhibit calls on visitors to place themselves in the shoes of wartime civilians and make the choices that faced Virginians of those times.

The Journey to Freedom exhibit looks through the eyes of those who were enslaved — those who fought for freedom and those who waited for it to come. The enduring legacy of the war is presented as a loss/gain scenario that challenges visitors to examine their own perspectives.

More information on the HistoryMobile and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the Civil War Commission can be found at

For information on visiting Civil War sites throughout Virginia, go to