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Virginia Museum of the Civil War

8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market, VA
+1 866-515-1864
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in New Market
Type: Museums
Owner description: This is the only state-owned Civil War museum in Virginia and is administered by the Virginia Military Institute. The site consists of three elements:... more » Owner description: This is the only state-owned Civil War museum in Virginia and is administered by the Virginia Military Institute. The site consists of three elements: The Virginia Museum of the Civil War, the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and the Historic Bushong Farm.The site is on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail System. The museum focuses on the whole war in the Commonwealth of Virginia with special attention paid to the Battle of New Market on May 15th 1864 and the role played by the corps of cadets from the Virginia Military Institute. A total of 257 cadets from VMI participated in the battle with 47 wounded and 10 killed because of the fighting. The museum features exhibits, dioramas, artifacts from the battle and an Emmy-award winning film called Field of Lost Shoes shown hourly in the theater. Outside visitors will enjoy three hundred acres of core battlefield property accessible by foot or car. The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park offers two walking trails across the farm and battlefield terminating atop Bushong's Hill and two scenic overlooks 100 feet above the Shenandoah River. Historically-named features include the Field of Lost Shoes, a wheatfield so named by cadets because of lost footwear, and the Fatal Orchard, a dangerous part of the battlefield next to the farm. Finally, the Bushong Farm features seven buildings to explore. The two frame houses were witnesses to the battle that day. Exhibits inside tell the story of what life was like in the Shenandoah Valley before and during the Civil War. « less
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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Great little museum to visit. It's free with Massanutten Resort discount cards or $10/adult without one. Well worth the money. Great film that explained the battle at New Market, advantages and disadvantages of both sides. The battle took place on a farm, and you can tour the house, surrounding buildings and battlefield. We missed the monument trail due to bad... More

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Ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

While vacationing in the area, a flyer attracted our attention and we spent a few hours at this Civil War museum. Admission included a well-done movie, "Field of Lost Shoes", which related the involvement of the VMI cadets in the Battle of New Market. Very moving. The small exhibit in a beautiful building, built to resemble a soldier's drum, was... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

Excellent films, artifacts and displays about the battles fought in Virginia. Major emphasis on the local battle in July 1864 where young cadets from Virginia Military Institute fought and 10 died. Adult admission is $10 and seniors $9 good for 7 days. You can also tour the battlefield by foot or by car. Well done museum. Do not mistake this... More

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Naples, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We decided to tour this site on a visit to New Market & Luray area. Nice museum and had a movie about Civil War in that area and the VMI cadets/. Walked to the battlefield area and saw the old home and out buildings. It was educational. Not a real Civil War buff but enjoyed the movie and the old... More

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Pennsylvania
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124 reviews 124 reviews
38 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Had some time to kill and was so glad we did. This is an excellent use of 2 hours of your time. Be sure to see the movie as a prelude to your visit. It will set the stage for your visit. The story of the VMI cadets going into battle really brings the Civil War to a personal experience.... More

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Cape Cod, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Great history on the battle at New Market which included "keydets" from Virginia Military Institute. Tour guide was very knowledgeable.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The museum at this site is small but I was impressed by the film and displays that gave a nice overview of the Civil War. A guide took us out on a tour of the battle site. He was informative and interesting. The site itself is in a lovely location.

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Attica, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The museum was great, not a bunch of relics more informational. They show a movie of the Battle of New Market which took place on the "Field of Lost Shoes" (a very sad battle) and the Bushong Farm is next to the museum. This is a must see if you visit Virginia.

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Boston Area
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This small museum was just enough for a non history buff. My husband is the history aficionado. The stained glass window just inside the door was gorgeous. Be sure to read all the names listed in it for a surprise. We enjoyed looking at the four sides at the base of the statue of Thomas Jefferson. Raised depictions of liberty,... More

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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was a well-kept, clean and easily accessed battlefield. There is a nice museum and overview given at the visitor's center and the farmhouse that was originally there during the battlefield has been preserved and you can tour that and get a feel for what life was like then. It is a short walk to experience what the poor VMI... More

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