Cindy Bither
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Director Named for New Market Battlefield

Lexington Va., July 8, 2011 – Troy D. Marshall has been appointed site director of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park; he will take up the position July 10.  

Marshall, who has served as supervisor of historical interpretation since 2002, takes over from Scott Harris, who leaves the position after a decade to assume the directorship of the James Monroe Museum at the University of Mary Washington. 

“Mr. Marshall has been an integral member of the NMBSHP staff for the past 10 years,” Col. Keith Gibson, executive director of VMI museum operations. Virginia Military Institute owns and operates the park and museum.  “His professional development is impressive, and he has demonstrated his talents in public programming. We are confident Troy’s leadership will serve the park well as we prepare for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market in 2014.” 

Marshall, who has been employed at the park since 2001, holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree in museum studies from the University of Oklahoma. He was selected for the American Association for State and Local History Seminar for Historical Administration in 2008 and has continued his professional development with certifications from the Virginia Association of Museums.

Prior to his employment with VMI, Marshall was employed at Pamplin Historical Park as well as Sherwood Forest Plantation and Shirley Plantation.

“My work at the park has been professionally gratifying,” said Marshall. “I look forward to the challenges of the coming years.”

The 300-acre park is the site of the 1864 Battle of New Market where the VMI Corps of Cadet fought to victory. Located within the park is the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, which through dioramas, films, and exhibits brings to life the experiences of soldiers and civilians, and the Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center.  Also in the park is the historic Bushong Farm, with nine original and reconstructed buildings interpreting everyday life for the people of the Shenandoah Valley who found themselves swept into the war.

The park and museum are open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (866) 515-1864.