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New Market Battlefield State Historical Park
8895 George Collins Pkwy
PO Box 1864
New Market, Va 22844

(866) 515-1864

Open daily year-round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and day.

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Christmas on the Farm

Saturday, December 3, 2016 10 am - 4 pm

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Toll Free: 866-515-1864
Ph: 540-740-3101

 New Market Battlefield State Historical Park highlights Civil War-era Yuletide traditions

Costumed historical interpreters at the Park’s Bushong Farm will share traditions of the season from the mid-19th century, including the visit by the Belsnickel. A figure from ancient European folklore, the Belsnickel was usually a neighboring farmer disguised in an outlandish costume who brought goodies for well-behaved girls and boys, and carried a whip or sticks to punish the naughty. The Belsnickel tradition, which was tied to St. Nicholas, was familiar to the immigrant German families of the Shenandoah Valley, who would later embrace the more familiar figure of Santa Claus.

Visitors will be able to make tree ornaments for the Park’s tree and for themselves at a station in the Hall of Valor Museum. At the Bushong Farm, historical interpreters will be preparing meals and soldiers’ care packages, and decorating the farmhouse with holiday garlands. Inside the farmhouse, music and storytelling will evoke the sounds of Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley during the 1850s. Visitors are also invited to join Park volunteers in period games.

Living historians will be depicting the 51st VA Infantry which camped nearby during Christmas of 1864.