History is on the move in an 18-wheeler “museum on wheels” as the Civil War HistoryMobile rolls into the City of Falls Church May 19 as part of the annual Civil War Day at Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave. Admission to Civil War Day and the HistoryMobile is free and open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The expandable 78-foot tractor-trailer contains a high-tech experience detailing Virginia’s incomparable place in history. The HistoryMobile draws together stories from all over Virginia and uses state-of-the-art technology and immersive exhibit spaces to present individual stories of the Civil War and Emancipation from the viewpoints of those who experienced it—young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians.
In addition to the HistoryMobile, Civil War Day features a number of family-friendly activities. Participants can interact with Union soldier reenactors as they demonstrate drilling and firing, experience living history from with the Ladies Sanitary Commission, learn about 19th-century medicine, hear a music performance by the Civil War Comrades, and see scenes from the 1858 play “The Escape,” performed by the Georgetown Theatre Company. Especially for children, games and drilling exercises will be available.