The Harvey Simon Virginia Living History Celebration! With the Civil War 150 History Mobile

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(Prince William County, VA, 06/10/2013….Tour the Virginia History Mobile.  Go a-pirating with the Moody Crewe. Learn to swordfight!  Try writing with a quill pen or making a clay pot.  Pet a horse from the 4th Virginia Cavalry re-enactors.  Play the games a child in colonial Virginia might have played.  Sing songs about Virginia.  Do it all at the Harvey Simon Virginia Living History on Saturday, July 20th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Throughout the day:

  • Civil War 150 History Mobile, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, draws together stories of the Civil War and Emancipation from the viewpoints of those who experienced it across Virginia—young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers, and civilians.
  • Have Blade Will Travel provides lessons and demonstrations in sword fighting.
  • Try your hand at calligraphy or clay pottery with Mahone’s Forge.
  • Play colonial games with representatives from Rippon Lodge.
  • See artifacts from historical sites in Prince William County from the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division.

From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Meet Trooper Ed Dandar and his pet cavalry horse “Rocky,” who are from the Black Horse Cavalry.

From 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Pirate School

  • Avast me hearties!  It’s a-pirating we go with The Moody Crewe pirates that raided the Virginia coast in the 1700’s.

At 11:30 a.m.  Meet “Extra Billy Smith”

  • David Meisky portrays “glorious old ‘Extra Billy’ Smith… a very different and racy character” a major-general in the Confederate army, a born politician, and twice Governor of Virginia.

At 12:30 p.m.  Pocahontas

  • Angela Hart, a descendent of this Native American princess will share her ancestor’s life story.

At 1:00 p.m.  The Cindy and Shelly Sing about Virginia

  • Discover Virginia’s history through song as these lively children’s musicians sing about everything from Virginia’s pirates to her presidents!

At 2:00 p.m. Colonel Silas Burke

  • Meet Colonel Silas Burke, as portrayed, by John Vrana, for whom Burke, Virginia is named and who gained fame as Captain of the Fairfax Rifles, 17th Virginia Co. D Infantry.


This is a free, drop-in program for the entire family.  No tickets or registration is required.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Chinn Park Regional Library.

For more information about this or any other library Summer Quest program, please visit the Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Drive, call the library at 703-792-4800, or check the library’s website at

While at the library, remember to sign up infants through fifth graders for Summer Quest the Prince William Public Library System’s summer reading program to receive the “coupon of the week” and reading incentives all summer long.


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