Vienna Awakens to War 1861-1865 is open for visitors at the Freeman House (originally Lydecker’s store during the war) from 12:00-4:00 PM, Wednesday through Sunday. The exhibit has been extended through the end of 2012 due to its popularity.
This exhibit takes a look at the War Between the States through artifacts loaned by members of the Vienna community, some of which have been passed down through many generations of family members and others lovingly collected by the current owners. The exhibit, designed and mounted by Historic Vienna Inc. volunteers, includes reproductions of Union and Confederate uniforms and a dress of the period, bullets and ammunition, a genuine Colt revolver, buttons, currency, a Confederate war bond, original 1861 Harper’s Weekly pages on the Battle of Vienna and on the use of an observation balloon between Vienna and Falls Church, artifacts on camp life and domestic life such as children’s games and cooking utensils, a beautiful period doll, an officer’s writing desk, and many other photographs and memorabilia. It is most fitting that this exhibit be shown at the Freeman House, as it was occupied by troops during the war.
As we continue to remember the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it is crucial for all of us to understand what happened in our area and in our nation during this time.
Please visit and enjoy this free exhibit before it closes! Color brochures have been provided by Visit Fairfax and The Fairfax County Sesquicentennial Committee and are available at our exhibit. This brochure highlights all of the major events that happened in our county during the war.