History rolls into Abingdon

ABINGDON, Va - A Civil War museum on wheels rolled to the Virginia Highlands Festival this year.

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile is an interactive "museum on wheels" housed in a 53' expandable tractor-trailer.

The four-year tour launched on July 21, 2011, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary commemoration of the First Battle of Manassas.

The HistoryMobile visits museums, parks, fairs, schools, and other sites throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. This year, it made a stop at the 66th Annual Virginia Highlands festival.

Noelle Baker, Senior Tour Manager, says the museum is about telling the background stories of the people affected by the Civil War.

"It's to give you an idea of how people were affected," said Baker. "Not just the solider, but the mom that's at home, and the families missing their loved ones."

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile was parked in front of the red caboose on Depot Square from Aug. 8-10.

The mobile was open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, and admission was free and open to the public.

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