We stopped on a whim, following the signs off of I-75. The grounds for the Battle of Richmond are unassuming, but as soon as you enter the Visitor's Center, you are able to get a TRUE sense of the magnitude of the Civil War fighting that occurred there. Owned by Madison County, the Visitor's Center has the unique ability to give people the opportunity to actually handle items used during the Civil War including an impressive array of handmade quilts (many from the private collection of the director) and clothing items. My favorite part was actually the laser map with accompanying video that gives you a 3 D representation of the battle's progression as you watch/listen to accounts of what happened during the Battle of Richmond.
The gentleman that assisted us at the Battle of Richmond Visitor's Center shared a lot of interesting facts with us and allowed our 11 year old to try on some Civil War bonnets. As a former principal, he was able to place the events of the battle in a context that was easy to understand for us and our daughter.
Our only regret is that we were not visiting during the Re-enactment Days (August 25-26 this year). We were told there were opportunities to camp on the actual battleground for civilians (too bad I am not a tent sorta girl).
Fascinating way to learn about the Civil War! Definitely worth the drive off the expressway!
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