New Market is the site of the oldest continuously-held Civil War battle reenactment in the U.S. East year, cadets from the Virginia Military Institute commemorate an 85-mile march from Lexington to New Market, reenacting the original battle that occurred in 1864. The Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park feature artifacts, dioramas and an Emmy-winning film "Field of Lost Shoes." It is shown daily at the museum, which also houses an official Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center.
New Market s historical buildings reflect the architectural craftsmanship of early German settlers. Many of these buildings are now part of Town walking tour, each identified by a brass plaque.
Art galleries and shops featuring freshly-ground coffee, pottery and a wide variety of hand-crafted items such as quilts, blown glass, glass beads and candles can be found in shops on the streets of New Market.
Golfers come to New Market to enjoy PGA-level golfing at The Shenvalee Golf Course. The golf course also offers scenic Massanutten mountain views.
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Food is prepared in a traditional way at the Bushong Farm, located on the battlefield in New Market at the Virginia Museum of the Civil war. Photo: Hank Zimmerman