History mobile offers a look into the past

Rusty Nix, 30, of Lynchburg, stands in front of the Civil War 150th History Mobile, where he shows fairgoers Virginia's rich Civil War history. Kaley Toy/Daily

WOODSTOCK–The Civil War 150th History Mobile is a recent addition to the Shenandoah County Fair, but tour manager, Rusty Nix, is hoping for a big turn out.

The Civil War mobile has been on the road since 2011 but last year was its first showcase at the Shenandoah County Fair, boasting a 2,500-person attendance last year. Nix is hoping for similar results this year.

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission runs the History Mobile and Nix is glad the fair invited them back again this year.

Nix wants those who tour to understand what life was like back then for people living in Virginia. The fair gives him this chance.

“It’s a great way to reach out to the local community,” Nix said.

You have all heard about the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee and how these men were influenced by the Civil War. But what about the regular American citizens?

Nix said, “I’m hoping people walk away with a little bit more respect of how the everyday people were affected by the war. People like you and me.”

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com