American Civil War Museum display

Shown is a display on a table at the American Civil War Museum in Appomattox. Until Oct. 13, the museum is offering free admission to residents of the Town of Appomattox and Appomattox County.

From now until Oct. 13, the American Civil War Museum in Appomattox is offering free admission to residents of the Town of Appomattox and Appomattox County.

The museum takes visitors back in time, beginning with the election results of 1860. Lee’s sword and uniform are on display at the museum. Schoolbooks of the day, letters, swords and mourning veils, among other artifacts, also are on display at the museum, telling the tale of the American Civil War and life for both soldiers and civilians during that time period.

The beginning, the duration of the war, and the aftermath of the war are shared at the museum.

“History still lives,” said Bob Sayre, the museum’s president. “And it’s important to how we see events today because we can better put them in context to history. We’re not rewriting history here. We’re expanding history.”

The museum also features a new exhibit this year.

Residents can provide proof of residence for free admission by showing their driver’s license or bringing in their mail with an Appomattox address. Immediate household is included in the free pass.

The concept of offering free admission to local residents comes on the heels of the continuing discussion regarding a proposal to set up a Welcome Center at the museum.

To find out what this new exhibit is about and to learn more about the proposed Welcome Center, pick up the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper or subscribe at www.timesvirginian.com/subscriber_services to view the full article in the e-edition version.