Virginia’s Civil War 150 HistoryMobile coming to Chesterfield

The Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile is coming to Chesterfield County’s Central Library, Wednesday, Saturday, May 9 -12. The HistoryMobile is a museum on wheels containing a high-tech, immersive experience to present individual stories from the Civil War and Emancipation from the viewpoints of those who witnessed it—young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians.

The HistoryMobile will be open to the public Wednesday, May 9, from noon-7 p.m., and Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. On May 9, a series of special programs will be held in conjunction with the arrival of the HistoryMobile. Beginning at 11 a.m., visitors will be able to view the film “All the Past We Leave Behind,” which chronicles the North’s attempts to capture Richmond, and the South’s struggle to protect its capital. An interactive scavenger hunt will lead visitors through the library on a search for clues to learn more about the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff. Scanning demonstrations will show how Civil War items are scanned, preserved and made available through the library’s digital collection. An interactive Traveling Trunk display will teach visitors about the daily lives of soldiers.

Other special events on May 9 will include the following:  

  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Encampment demonstration, Scott Williams, 9th Virginia Regiment and the Ladies Aid Society. See what life was like for soldiers on the march.
  • 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m.: Music from the Press Gang; children’s games. Learn the games children played in the 1800s, including hoops and sticks, quoits and croquet.
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Firing of the Civil War-era cannon “The Napoleon.”


The arrival of the HistoryMobile at Central Library marks the beginning of 60 days of Civil War events, starting with the commemoration of the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff, May 9-15, and culminating in the Seven Days Campaign in June and July. For a full list of regional events, visit or

To learn more about the HistoryMobile’s visit to Chesterfield County Public Library, visit


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