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New Market VA

New Market Virginia
“Heart of the Shenandoah Valley”

Town of New Market VA

The town of New MArket is located in the Shenandoah Valley at the most Southern portion of Shenandoah county in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. The town of New Market lies between the Massanutten and Blue Ridge Mountains to the East and the Allegheny mountains to the West.

The town of New Market is host to the Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center, The New Market Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Shenandoah County Tourism departments that all reside inside the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation building.

While you are here there are many things to do such as the farmers market, a self guided tour of New Market town tour, the Virginia Civil War Museum, the New Market Battlefield, the Rouss Center for the Arts, Shenandoah Valley Golf Resort, minor league baseball, the community park, the Shenandoah River, The Endless Caverns, Luray Caverns, Skydiving, and many more outdoor recreational activities in the area.

History of New Market VA

German settlers discovered the area of New Market in 1727 to have fertile farming lands, wild game and minerals. The town was originally known as, “Cross Roads”, due to the fact it was an intersection of two Indian trails. The land was granted by Lord Fairfax and the town was know as Cross Roads which is New Market today. The founder of New Market was General John Sevier an Indian fighter. Revolutionary War patriot, and the governor of Tennessee. The name, New Market, was derived from New Market in the country of England and was officially chartered in December of 1796.

During the Civil War, the town of New Market in 1864 became famous when the Union troops under General Franz Sigel was defeated by the Confederate troops under General John C Breckenridge west and north of the town. The tide of the battle was turned by the charge of the Virginia Military Institute cadets from Lexington Virginia. Who filled a breach in the Confederate troops line at the Bushong House.

The town was officially established as New Market in 1796. along with the charter came a printing and publishing business which became the foundation of the New Market industry. The town also became a commercial and industrial center.

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