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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the best place for viewing the reenactment?

The spectator viewing area is located in front of the Field of Lost Shoes, just north of the Bushong Farm. This is the largest gathering area for spectators, although some spectators “follow” the soldiers as they move from the southern section of the Park to the climax of the Battle at the northern end. The narration of the event will occur over a PA system.

Are there food vendors?

Yes, many local non-profit organizations offer a variety of food and drink options.

Can I bring a picnic lunch?

Yes, and feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. In the interest of public security, coolers are not allowed.

Can I bring a backpack? -

In the interest of public security, no backpacks will be allowed on the grounds during the reenactment weekend.

What is a sutler?

In the 19th century, Sutlers followed the armies selling items not readily available from the government, such as pen and paper, sweet treats, tobacco, patent medicines, reading materials, buttons and body armor. This tradition continues today at re-enactments nationwide.

What if it rains?

In over 40 years of hosting the reenactment, we have only canceled the event a few times, and those cancellations took place after torrential downpours threatened the safety of the public. The re-enactment is held rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.

Are there activities and events to attend before the reenactment?

Yes, your ticket includes admission to the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. In the museum, you can watch a short film, Field of Lost Shoes, shown hourly in the theater; and the Virginia Room, which follows the story of the war in Virginia, as well as exhibits on the Battle of New Market.

There are also living history presentations at the historic Bushong Farm, speakers and a period church service in the Activities Tent, signal corps and artillery demonstrations, and opportunities to interact with re-enactors in their camps.

What is the difference between the 'tactical' and the 'battle reenactment'?

The tactical reenactment gives the opposing commanders a chance to “war game,” that is to say, "fight" their own battle with artillery, cavalry, infantry, and signal corps as it evolves at the time-- it does not follow the historic action. A battle reenactment is closely scripted to the facts of the historic battle.

Is there a lot of walking involved? 

A moderate amount of walking is required to get from the designated parking areas to the sutlers row, concessions, the farm, camps, and the museum. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Can I bring my pet? 

No pets are permitted on the park grounds, in parking areas, or in vehicles (attended or unattended) with the exception of service animals and registered cavalry horses.

Is there handicapped parking available?

Yes. Inform the parking attendants that you require handicapped parking and they will direct you.