New Market Things to Do
Spend the day at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and enjoy the museum, explore the historic farm, scenic Shenandoah River overlooks, picnic spots, and walking trails. The Park is open 9-5 Daily, year round except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year's Day.
A National Historic Landmark operated by the Virginia Military Institute, which, in case you have never heard of it, is a military college in western Virginia. The Park's Hall of Valor Museum features exhibits on the Battle of New Market as well as other Civil War events which took place in Virginia. The Emmy Award-winning film, Field of Lost Shoes, is an exciting chronicle of the Battle of new Market which was the last major Confederate victory in the Shenandoah Valley. The museum gives special attention to the role of the VMI Corps of Cadets, whose extraordinary achievements in the battle form a vital part of the Institute's heritage. The Park also contains the historic Bushong Farm, where the climax of the battle occurred.
Throughout the year the Park offers special tours and programs, including Civil War living history presentations. Their biggest event is the annual Battle of New Market Reenactment, the oldest and one of the largest such presentations in the United States. Each May some 3,000 Confederate, Union, and civilian reenactors bring the battle to life.Related to:
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Visiting caverns are an interesting way to see whats underground. Unfortunately, I could not visit the caverns due to time limitations. But I did visit Howe Caverns in New York. Seeing whats underground is a unique experience. A great place to go on a very hot day. The temperature in caverns are in the 50s.
A nice small Civil War Museum. Many exhibits with the focus on the war in the Shenandoah Valley region.
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The New Market Battlefield is adjacent to I-81. The battlefield is located off Exit 264 on US Highway 211.
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Favorite thing: The battlefield is well kept and I love the mountain scenery in the background. The mountains are there. I was here on a 98 degree day with lots of humidity. The mountains disappear on those type of days.
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