Caroline County focuses on two world wars and tourists

Gwen Woolf

A compass carried by a soldier is just one of many personal items belonging to Caroline County veterans and those who kept the home fires burning. (Caroline Co. Tourism)

Dr. Randolph Travis was far from his home of Caroline County, Va., when he served with the British Army throughout Europe in World War I. His doctor’s bag, eyeglasses, and handwritten letters from the front shed light on the physician’s experiences. The items are included in an exhibit at the Caroline Museum and Cultural Center, part of a countywide — and statewide — commemoration of World War I and World War II anniversaries this year.

Caroline plans exhibits and programs on weekends in October through Nov. 11, emphasizing the county’s contributions to war efforts and honoring local veterans and descendants. Another goal, according to Kathy Beard, who promotes the county, is to entice those traveling the U.S. Route 301/State Route 207 corridor to check out the county’s attractions along the way. The route is a good alternative to congested I-95 for many.

The corridor, connecting Virginia and Southern Maryland via the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge, includes museums, antique stores, and shopping, dining, and lodging opportunities.

While the special exhibits at museums and other venues will be open Saturdays Oct. 7-Nov. 11, there are some other special events as well.

Another special event will be Sept. 20–22 at the Bowling Green Town Hall — one of the only standing original USO buildings still in use, according to Bowling Green events manager Jo-Elsa Jordan. The Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour exhibit, with war-related displays, will be available to visit. On Sept. 20, Fort A.P. Hill, a Caroline Army post that was created in 1941 to help mobilize for World War II, will have picture displays and an impersonator of Gen. George Patton, who spent time at the post.

The Dahlgren Heritage Museum in nearby King George County will also have exhibits as part of the commemoration.


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