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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
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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.

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Grandville MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The Museum tells the story of the 1864 Battle of New Market. And that story was just made into a movie "Field of Lost Shoes". You start with a movie and then you tour the museum insideas well as the grounds outside. Interesting for those interested in the Civil War.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We loved it .It was good .It was fun.love old guns..trying to get the 100 was just wanting to say we loved it

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Rock Hill, SC
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We have visited this museum numerous times, and attended the on-site reenactment of the Battle of New Market two times. The museum especially commemorates the contribution of the cadets of VMI (some as young as 14!) to the Confederate victory here, who arrived when the battle was well underway, and turned the tide to victory. However, the lower part of... More

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Dover, Delaware
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I love visiting historical areas and the Civil War is one of my primary interests. This museum has many paintings, models, life-like displays, old uniforms, and historical documents. They also show a very interesting movie about the Battle at New Market. The battlefield is at the same location as the museum. We enjoyed the museum first and then toured the... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Excellent museum about the civil war in general and battle at New Market. Informative film of the battle, also many artifacts, guns, uniforms, maps, etc. Also a walk to the farm and battlefield area of 1864, many outbuildings etc. Very well done and well worth a visit at $10 each. Confusing is that to get to the museum you have... More

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

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
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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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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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