Inquiring minds at the Virginia Historical Society want to know what famous Virginian's diary recorded that a billiard table played a memorable part in one of many sexual escapades.

The answer to that and other questions -- easy and obscure -- can be found at the society's recently opened Famous Virginians exhibit, which runs until Aug. 15 at society headquarters in Richmond.

Clues about 24 Virginians, from George Washington to Pocahontas, are presented on flip cards and placed among their portraits and personal belongings.

Visitors can test their knowledge of trivia, keeping score with tally sheets provided at the exhibit.

The exhibit will also feature such articles as George Washington's eyeglasses, Patrick Henry's walking stick and Robert E. Lee's uniform.

Jim Kelly, assistant director for museum programs, said the items are priceless for their historical value.

"Monetary values are really arbitrary," Kelly said. "The items are irreplaceable."

"It sounds like a good idea," Harry Ward, professor of history at the University of Richmond, said of the exhibit. "This type of format would draw people."

"The exhibit is more broad-based, less academic than the usual exhibits," society spokeswoman Pam Seay said. "We're targeting the scholar, the curious, the tourist and the family."

Kelly came up with the quiz format for the exhibit.

"It's the idea of different ways of making things more interesting," he said. "It gives us the chance to include some amusing anecdotes about people they might not know."

The historical society's staff generated questions for the exhibit, and staff members said they had a good time coming up with questions.

"Some of the scandalous questions didn't make it, though," said staff member Sara Bearss.

History buffs, however, will know the man who had sex on the billiard table was William Byrd II, father of Richard Byrd.