2014 Events Calendar


The park is open daily, 9am to 5pm. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Years Day.

Special events are happening through the year.
Events and dates subject to change. For additional information, please call 866.515.1864.

Date Event
March 22, 2014 Homeschool Day 10 AM-4 PM A day-long series of educational programs and hands-on activities geared to homeschool families. $3 per person ages 6 and older, 5 and under are free. Pre-registration is required, limit 1,000 participants
April 5, 2014 Park Day Take part in this national program to clean up America's Civil War battlefields! New Market Battlefield projects include trash pickup, trail maintenance, painting, and assistance with educational program preparations. Volunteers receive commemorative T-shirts or patches, snacks, and a living history presentation by Civil War reenactors on site.
April 3, 2014 Sewing Circle, Bushong House. 10:00am 'til 4:00pm. Experience fabric items being made for the home the way it was done 150 years ago.
April 24, 2014 Home Cookin' 10:00am 'til 4:0pm: Foodways program at the Bushong farm. Experience "home cooking," 19th century style.
May 16-18, 2014 150th Anniversary Reenactment! and ADVENTURE CAMP!
May 29, 2014 Home Cookin' 10:00am 'til 4:0pm: Foodways program at the farm. Experience "home cooking," 19th century style.
June 12, 2014 Sewing Circle, Bushong House, 10:00am 'til 4:00pm. Experience fabric items being made for the home the way it was done 150 years ago.
June 26, 2014 Home Cookin' 10:00am 'til 4:0pm: Foodways program at the farm. Experience "home cooking," 19th century style.
July 7-11, 2014 Civil War Day Camp. Children ages 7-12 participate in such activities as the School of the Soldier, hands on learning activities relating to the daily activities of the Civil War soldier, and daily exploration of the Battle of New Market. Day Campers will also learn about life on the "home front" at the Park's Bushong Farm, with domestic chores such as fence building. Among the Day Camps' other components are 19th-century games, Civil War camp songs, craft activities, and viewing of the Park's Emmy Award-winning film, Field of Lost Shoes. Registration is limited.
July 21-23, 2014

Teen Camp for Young Men
"Colonel Shipp's Leadership Institute for Young Men"
Young men ages 13-17 participate in focused activities to highlight the experiences of their Civil War era counterparts. Colonel Shipp's Leadership Institute attendees will take part in team building exercises and explore in-depth the VMI Cadet's role in the Battle of New Market through hands-on learning activities while exploring the value of Courage, Honor and Sacrifice.

August 7, 2014 Sewing Circle, Bushong House, 10:00am 'til 4:00pm. Experience fabric items being made for the home the way it was done 150 years ago.
August 16, 2014 11am 'til 3:30pm: Jacob Bushong's Birthday Party. Costumed volunteers interpret birthday traditions of the 19th century and show how members of the neighborhood came together to celebrate with the Bushong family. Learn more. . .
September 7, 2014 9:00am 'til 1:00pm: Rat Day!--VMI New Cadet Orientation & Oath Ceremony. VMI freshmen (“Rats”) participate in a training matrix, take their Cadet Oath at the Bushong House, then charge across the Field of Lost Shoes. Free Park admission until 1:30 PM.
Learn more. . .
September 27, 2014 Fall Living History: Harvest TIme on The Farm. 10:00am 'til 4:0pm.
October 9, 2014 Home Cookin' 10:00am 'til 4:0pm: Foodways program at the Bushong farm. Experience "home cooking," 19th century style.
October 25, 2014 7:00pm 'til 9:00pm:Spirits of New Market. Costumed historical interpreters portraying Union and Confederate soldiers, Virginia Military Institute Cadets, and members of the Bushong family take visitors back in time to the aftermath of the battle that ushered in a year of death and destruction in the Shenandoah Valley. Learn more. . .
December 6, 2014 10:00 'til 4:00pm: Christmas on the Farm. Costumed historical interpreters at the Park’s Bushong Farm share traditions of Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley during the 1850s. Features music, storytelling, period games, and ornament-making. Learn more. . .