An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Battlefield Hosts ‘Christmas On The Farm’ Circa 1859

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Posted: December 9, 2013

The Belsnickel (center), an outlandishly dressed Christmas figure of German origin, visits children during storytime at the New Market Battlefield’s Bushong Farm on Saturday. Costumed historical interpreters spent the day re-creating an 1859 Christmas as it likely would have been here in the Valley. The event featured period garb, games, food and stories. (Photos by Jason Lenhart)
Christie Detamore-Hunsberger (front) and Nancy Copley tend to soup cooking over a fire at the New Market Battlefield’s Bushong Farm during the historical park’s eighth annual Christmas on the Farm. Historical interpreters and other volunteers helped to re-create for visitors a traditional Christmas the way it would have been held back in 1859. The event also included a reenactment of a Confederate encampment from 1864.
Tom Mack, a reenactor with the 51st Virginia Confederate forces, tries to enjoy some campfire coffee at the New Market Battlefield. Mack and other reenactors portrayed the 51st Virginia, which camped in New Market in 1864 for about two weeks, including Christmas, while providing resistance against Union Gen. William Sherman’s forces.
Civil War reenactors cook bacon and eggs by campfire at the New Market Battlefield on Saturday.
Kaitlyn Hunsberger tosses a hoop to another child while portraying a mid-19th century Christmas at New Market Battlefield’s Bushong Farm on Saturday. The hoop game, called Graces, originated in the 18th century as a way to entertain and teach the proper curtsy technique to young girls.
NEW MARKET — Dressed in Civil War-era clothing Saturday afternoon, Christie Detamore-Hunsberger greeted visitors to the kitchen of the Bushong Farm house with a lesson on how a Christmas meal was...

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