"In the heart of Shenandoah Valley" New Market by matcrazy1
New Market Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 29 photos
I stopped in New Market on the way from Harrisonburg to fantastic caverns in Luray. It is a little rural town located in the narrowest point of the Shenandoah Valley.
This was a strategic point in the Civil War. On May 15, 1864, New Market was the site of the Battle of New Market - a battle in the Valley Campaigns of 1864 in the American Civil War. Teenage students from the Virginia Military Institute fought alongside the Confederate Army and forced Union General Franz Sigel and his army out of the Shenandoah Valley. This event is commemorated in New Market Battlefield State Historical Park but I didn't visit it.
In the early morning I took a walk along main and empty street of the historic downtown and looked at houses decorated before incoming Halloween.
Then I hit my car towards the Blue Ridge Mountains and crossed the George Washington National Forest. I didn't see anything more than thick fog in the mountains.
- Pros:Historic buildings, atmosphere, peace and quiet, mountains around
- Cons:Thick fog in the mountains.
- In a nutshell:Do not skip small towns! They are beautiful!
The only bear I found driving E. Lee Highway (VA-211) across George Washington National Forest is in my picture taken in... more travel advice
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