Here’s a brief description from their website:
Camp Van Dorn played a key role in one of the biggest wars this country and the world has ever seen. It was a place for rigorous training for soldiers before they went on to greater challenges. For the brief time the camp was operational, it also became the back bone of Centreville.
This is a replica of the set up and buildings at the training camp.
It had a cute little chapel for the soldiers.
This museum had three older ladies from this small town working to show us around. This was our guide.
This is a picture of the general where the camp got its name.
A framed cloth with many of the soldiers signatures.
Each year there is a reunion where this bell is rung. Then, a gold-plate is engraved with the place where it was held. There won’t be many more since most of the veterans aren’t living anymore.
My troop :)
Ian, Cai, Tate, and Abram
(Isaac was in the stroller and I was carrying Asa.)
Remember, my others (Cade, Emma, and Sarah) were not with us that day.
This German flag was signed by all of the soldiers who captured this flag from the enemies.
She was telling the children that they had to stop wearing that uniform because it looked too much like the enemies’.
At the end of the museum, there was a long hallway with many pictures of the soldiers who were stationed at Camp Van Dorn.
This sweet little lady in yellow who works at the museum was telling several of us stories about different soldiers. You see she is from this little town and she knows some of these soldiers personally or has had them and their families stay with her. It was really neat getting to hear some of these stories from her.
After the tour, they turned on a video about the camp while we waited to meet the other group so we could go travel to the transmitter tower for the radio station.