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Civil War Reenactment at New Market

Based on a tip from my mother-in-law's former students, we went to see the 150th Reenactment of the Battle of New Market. I'm not a historian, or really even a fan of Civil War era in general, but these folks put on a good show with a remarkable attention to detail.
As we rolled along the battleground, the cannons were booming and the forces were moving towards each other while spectators watched...kind of like they did in the first battle of Manassas.

Since we'd arrived fairly close to the end of the day, we weren't charged for admission. Using some of that saved cash, we bought some kettle corn and handmade lemonade as we strolled among the white canvas tents where merchants in period costumes sold civil war memorabilia. Lots of little boys with guns and guys with VMI gear, because VMI cadets fought in the battle of New Market.

If it's possible to check off something that's not on your bucket list, we just did that. On the way home, we stopped into Front Royal and had lunch the Main Street Mill Restaurant. I had a tasty burger followed by funnel cake fries for dessert. So, yeah, a pretty good day.

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