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Virginia Museum of the Civil War
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in New Market
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Reviewed October 14, 2013

A very good movie to introduce you to the Battle of New Market - about 45 minutes long.
One level that moves you through the history of the civil war from Charleston to Appomatox with maps and other documentation.
Another level with artifacts from the battle & the period.
A good portion of the battlefield to walk through along with a farm house & outbuildings that stood there in the 1860's

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

The museum and tour of this battlefield is well documented and a sad story from the Civil War. These young men who answered the call to arms marched over 20 miles a day in order to reinforce the confederate position and helped to carry the day at a tragic loss of life at such a young age. The museum has many great artifacts and the film is very well done. Allow at least 4 hours to see and experience their story. The Field of Lost Shoes is a very apt title to their story.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

As with the visit to the battlefields, the museum was also very informative and fun to walk thru. Nobody rushes you which gives you amble time to enjoy all the displays.

Thank James L
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

I had just finished my tour of the Luray Caverns and inquired about other attractions in the area and was told of the nearby New Market Civil War Battlefield about a 20 minute drive away. I was very glad that I went as what was offered was very informative. There is a museum housing many artitifacts of the battle, a 20 minute video of the history of the battle and the VMI cadets that fought there, a gift shop, and a one hour walking battle field tour led by a cadet from the Viginia Military Institute. There are 10 buildings on site that remain from the days of the battle. This was not a large Civil War battle but learning of the history behind it that involved the teenage youth (as young as 14)that marched 84 miles to fight in the battle of which 6 died was an amazing story. Caution there is a museum just before this museum on the left side of the road bypass this one and continue down the road to the Virgina Museum of the Civil War.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Must admit I have only a slight interest in the Civil War, but this site was fascinating. The museum is OK (5/10) but the 45 minute film that described the conflict was excellent. The account of the battle which included boy soldiers (ages 15 - 18) was poignant, The original farm house and outhouses are still intact and the grounds are beautiful..

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