White Oak Civil War Museum Falmouth Reviews
White Oak Civil War Museum Nov 13, 2014
I didn't expect much inside this small museum housed in an old schoolhouse near Fredericksburg. It had that musty smell of age, an elderly curator and a lone car in the parking lot along a quiet country road. But this place is surprisingly packed with artifacts and I wound up spending over an hour going through the collection.
In the winter of 1862 - 63 some 120,000 men of the Army of the Potomac camped in the vicinity and ravaged the countryside for supplies. They abruptly left in June 1863 to march north and engage the Confederates at Gettysburg two weeks later. The withdrawal was so fast that copious supplies were left behind, fields littered with junk that farmers have been digging up ever since.
The bulk of the museum collection is comprised of stuff discarded by the Union army that locals continue to find and donate. Lead bullets, whiskey bottles, beer bottles, belt buckles, epaulettes, horse shoes, shaving kits, dice, discarded shoes, piles and piles of these items. A portion of a corduroy road to transport supplies has been rebuilt and there is a recreation of a Union camp. A few display cases have items not associated with the Civil War that the museum preserves for the county.
Don't expect any elaborate wall texts here to explain things, just a friendly oldtimer telling the stories behind the collection. The museum also contains extensive records on all of the units and men of the Army of the Potomac encamped here, dozens of thick notebooks spread out on several tables. There is a $4 admission fee and photography is permitted.
Just across the street is the White Oak Primitive Baptist Church that dates to the early 19th century. It was used as a field hospital and stables by the Union army and remains in use as a church today. The museum curator asked me to spread the word about White Oak, so here it is folks.
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