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The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission
traveling exhibit to stop at Rio Hill Shopping Center February 28 and March 1



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (February 24, 2013) - The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission will bring its traveling exhibit, the Civil War 250 HistoryMobile, to Charlottesville and Albemarle County on Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1, 2014.  The HistoryMobile will be located at the Rio Hill Shopping Center and will be open to schools only on Friday and the public on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Admission is free.


The HistoryMobile uses immersive spaces and interactive exhibits to draw together stories of the Civil War and emancipation from the viewpoints of those who experienced it across Virginia-young and old, enslaved and free, soldier and civilian.


This event is presented as part of the 150th commemoration of the Skirmish at Rio Hill, Albemarle County's only Civil War conflict between Union and Confederate forces. Organized by the Charlottesville Albemarle Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, this event will also include:


  • Friday, February 28, 7:30 p.m., 1928 and 1932 Rio Hill Center, "They struggled at Rio Hill," a presentation by guest lecturer Dr. Daniel Beattie. Refreshments will be provided by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Albemarle Chapter No. 1, #154. RSVP encouraged, 434-296-1492.


  • Saturday, March 1:

- A living history encampment by the 19th Virginia Regiment. Co.B.

- 11:00 a.m., the unveiling of a new exhibit developed by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, next to 1764 Rio Hill Center.

- 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Representatives from the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society will be available to answer questions and orient you to the site.



For more information please contact the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society at 434-296-1492.





About Charlottesville & Albemarle County
Nestled amid the foothills of the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains and about a hundred miles South of Washington, D.C., the greater Charlottesville region offers visitors a thriving community and vanguard of arts and culture that's both boldly innovative and grounded in rich tradition.  Just beyond city lines, quiet rolling hills and family farms complement city life within Albemarle County's more than 700 square miles of vibrant natural beauty, including Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive and abundant history and heritage.  The area has become a mecca for foodies as well as wine, artisanal beer and hard cider lovers, with an abundance of farms, wineries and a multitude of other food producers in and around Charlottesville.   Proudly showcasing the local bounty with menus as varied and creative as those found in the nation's largest metropolis, are our local restaurants; many of them are located on one of the longest pedestrian historic downtown malls in the country,   The destination's most famous attractions include the University of Virginia, and the presidential homes of Thomas Jefferson (Monticello), James Monroe (Ash Lawn-Highland) and James Madison (Montpelier).  With its burgeoning arts and entertainment scene, Charlottesville remains a draw for visitors who attend our array of festivals and events that celebrate music, theater and innovation, not to mention food & wine. 


Charlottesville and Albemarle County have racked-up numerous accolades that continue to motivate travelers to visit, what is commonly referred to as, Jefferson's County.  To only name a few, Forbes Magazine named our area the Locavore capital of the world; Go Green Go Travel chose Charlottesville as their #1 destination for agritourism; and Wine Enthusiast Magazine proclaimed Virginia as one of the top 10 wine destinations in the world.


About the CACVB
In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, through, the CACVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination.  CACVB's mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets."  CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a satellite Visitor Center in the Albemarle County Office Building (401 McIntire Rd) which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as a touch-screen kiosk at Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.

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