HARRISONBURG — The Bushong family farm at the New Market Battlefield is one of more than 100 historic homes being highlighted by the state this year.
In honor of the bicentennial of the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Gov. Bob McDonnell declared 2013 the Year of the Historic Home in a proclamation signed in September.
The initiative aims to highlight the importance of historic homes throughout the state, including structures from pre-Colonial times through the modern era, according to the governor’s office.
The program features a website with information about the featured homes.
Built in 1825, the Bushong farmhouse was home to seven family members in May 1864 during the Civil War Battle of New Market, in which cadets from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington were called in to buttress Confederate forces.
The Southern victory at New Market prevented, at least for a few months, Union forces from taking control of the Shenandoah Valley.
The Bushong farmhouse was damaged by artillery and small arms fire and served as a hospital for both sides.
It is now a part of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, formerly the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. VMI, which operates the park, changed the name in 2011.
Other Shenandoah Valley homes participating in the governor’s initiative are: the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, located at the 28th president’s birthplace in Staunton; Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown; and Historic Long Branch in Millwood.
For more information about the Year of the Historic Home, go to www.historicalhomes.virginia.gov.
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