Upcoming Events at the Park


May 16,17,18

150th Anniversary Battle of New Market Re-enactment

 The Battle of New Market Re-enactment is a unique historical experience taking place on the original 1864 battlefield. It is the site of the oldest annual battle re-enactment in the nation. All events are at New Market Battlefield State Historical Park unless otherwise indicated.

July 7-11

Civil War Day Camp

If you're between the age of 7 and 12, this is the most exciting way to learn about the life of a civil war soldier--- You become one! The program runsJuly 7-11, 2014 is limited to 25 "soldiers"!


July 21-23

Col. Shipp's Leadership Institute

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 16

Jacob Bushong's 223rd Birthday Party

Costumed volunteers will interpret birthday traditions of the 19th century and show how members of the neighborhood came together to celebrate with the Bushong family.


Sept. 27

FAll living history

A celebration of mid-19th century civilian life. Join our living historians and explore various aspects of life in 1850’s Virginia. 

Sept. 3

VMI New Cadet Orientation

Every year during the first weekend of September, the freshman class of VMI, or Rats as they are called at VMI, visit New Market Battlefield State Historical Park for a day long orientation to the 1864 battle in which the VMI Cadet Corps so prominently figured.


Oct. 3-5

Bushong Family Reunion

Oct. 25

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.


Dec. 6

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.