On May 15, 1864, the New Market Battle raged in the Shenandoah Valley. Today, visitors to the site are welcome to step back in time and experience the very place where over 250 cadets bravely fought. The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park is a fascinating museum that tells the story of war in Virginia and how it continues to inspire us to this day. During your stay with us at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring, we highly suggest a visit to this historic site.
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Things to See at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park
The self-guided tour is a perfect opportunity to experience and reflect upon the region’s rich history. Here are just a few things you will be able to see during your tour:
Field of Lost Shoes
This was the location of one of the fiercest battles during the Civil War. Five days of rain had made the field very boggy, and many of the men’s shoes and socks were pulled right off their feet by the unforgiving mud. One soldier described the scene as a “Field of Lost Shoes,” inspiring the name for the battlefield and even an award-winning film.
1825 Bushong Farm House
Two years after Jacob Bushong and Sarah Strickler were married, they built this lovely home for their growing family. In 1864, the wheat field just outside their home became the site of the New Market battle. The family took shelter in their basement during the fighting, and continued to live there as their home was used for a hospital afterward. Today, you can enter this historic home and discover what the Bushong’s life was like during the 1800’s.
This was the original home of Jacob and Sarah before they built their larger home in 1825. This one was constructed in 1818 and housed the family for seven years.
This beautiful orchard was where Jacob Bushong harvested apples, peaches, pears, and quince every year. The original orchard was ultimately destroyed by Confederate soldiers. The one you see today was planted in the 1960s with heirloom variety fruits for the Bushong Farm Restoration.
The Blacksmith Shop
Most of the family’s income came from this blacksmith shop. Jacob’s son, Harrison, was very skilled with the tools and acted as the village mechanic for many years. In the 1850 Census, Harrison was even listed as the “machine maker.” As you walk through, you will be able to see many of Harrison’s tools and where he performed most of his work.
New Market Battlefield Reenactment
New Market Battlefield State Historical Park is home to the oldest annual battle reenactment in the nation! Every year, hundreds of history buffs participate. They choose to fight for either the Confederate or Union army and embark on a journey back through time. Reenactors wear period-related clothing, await battle orders, enjoy each other’s company, and indulge in delicious food that the soldiers themselves would have feasted on the morning of May 15, 1864. It is a very popular local event and is one of the most highly anticipated reenactments of the year. If you would like to participate in the May 2017 event, frequently visit the website for the release of the Reenactment Registration Form.
Experience the History of Shenandoah Valley During Your Stay at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring
Our romantic bed and breakfast inn is perfect for couples and those looking for a relaxing escape. You will find luxury and comfort within each of our stunning guestrooms, indulge in our on-site fine dining restaurant, and enjoy Northern Virginia’s rich culture. Find your perfect room with us today or download our Free Vacation Guide for more information about us and the surrounding area.
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