Thursday, Mar. 7
By Robert Dyer and Jennifer Goldman
Special to the Times-Democrat
The Col. John S. Mosby Museum and Educational Center will open this weekend, March 9 and 10.
The museum is located in the home known as Brentmoor, where Col. Mosby and his family lived following the Civil War.
The Mosby Museum is dedicated to programs, education, and research concerning the life and times of the John Singleton Mosby family.
The weekend-long opening event will begin at noon on the ninth with an opening ceremony led by Warrenton Mayor George Fitch at the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center.
Immediately following the mayor, Dr. James Ramage, Northern Kentucky Regents Professor of History and author of "Gray Ghost: The Life of Col. John Singleton Mosby" will give a speech and welcome those in attendance to ask questions and engage in a discussion.
He will also be giving special recognition to descendents of Judge Edward Spilman, Col. John Mosby and Gen. Eppa Hunton who are expected to be in attendance during the event.
Ramage will remain at the Visitor Center after his speech to sign copies of his book.
Those wishing to take a tour of the museum are asked to gather at the Visitor Center, which is located at 33 North Calhoun St.
Guided tours will be given on a first come, first served basis, and will take place between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Attendees at the opening ceremony will be given the first tours with additional guests taken in groups thereafter.
The grand opening event will continue on Sunday with guided tours, by groups, of Brentmoor from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Again, guests are asked to first gather at the Visitor Center.
The Brentmoor home tours will feature a meeting with Col. Mosby’s great-great-grandson, a display of original Mosby artifacts, a viewing of Col. Mosby’s office and of Pauline Mosby’s sitting room.
Short presentations by Mosby historians will take place in the home. A special exhibit will focus on Mosby and his Rangers’ capture of Gen. James Stoughton at the Union Army’s Fairfax camp and their arrival in Warrenton.
All grand opening activities and guided tours will begin from the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center. Visitors will not be able to enter the Brentmoor home directly from Main Street.
Following the grand opening weekend, the Mosby Museum will be open to the public for tours and special exhibits on selected weekdays and weekends.
For more information, visit www.MosbyMuseum.org
or call (540) 351-1600.