Published on June 17, 2015

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Two year project unveiled just in time for Civil War enthusiasts and heritage tourists

For immediate release – May 28, 2015

Contact: Terry Heder (SVBF): 540.740.4545
Amy Proctor (SVBF): 540.740.4545

New Market, Va. – On May 15th the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation opened its new Strayer House Civil War Orientation Center in the heart of New Market, Virginia’s Historic District.  Complete with new displays and artifacts, the Strayer House offers a comprehensive overview of the Valley’s Civil War history.  SVBF CEO Keven Walker commented. “The Strayer House provides a setting for our guests to learn the Valley’s Civil War history and how they can visit some of the sites where that history took place. We all believe this will be a great addition and compliment for historic New Market.” Douglas Bradley, New Market’s Town Mayor added “The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is a welcome addition to our Town’s business community. They provide jobs for twelve people, free space for our Chamber of Commerce,  worked with Cabin Creek Roasters to open Jackson’s Corner Cafe, and last but not least,  they provide a very interesting look into the rich Civil War history of the area.”

Current exhibits at the Strayer House includes a Union officer’s coat belonging to Major William Knowlton. Knowlton was in command of the 29th Maine Infantry when he was killed at the Third Battle of Winchester fought on September 19, 1864.  The uniform and other displays will continue to be rotated and the current exhibits were made available through the generosity of Mr. Nicholas P. Picerno and Bridgewater College.  Also on display are artifacts found on various battlefields located in the National Historic District, including properties protected by the Foundation at the Cedar Creek and Fisher’s Hill battlefields.

Along with unique displays and interpretation, the Strayer House also provides a welcome desk with visitor information which directs guests to local businesses such as the area’s natural wonders, vineyards, restaurants and much more.  A  gift shop is also housed in the Center which features Foundation merchandise, literature and local products.  To top off the full experience, the recently opened Jackson’s Corner Café provides fresh local fair, a great cup of locally roasted coffee and a quaint setting with a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Also complimenting the amenities at Strayer House are guided walking tours of historic New Market which features both the Town’s unique history and spooky local lore.

Since the 15th, the Strayer House Orientation Center has seen an encouraging turnout with visitors coming from as far as Great Britain. “Our location is prime real estate
to entice people who are passing through from New Market to Luray Caverns (the 5th largest tourist destination in Virginia) or to Shenandoah National Park” Walker added. “Early numbers are indicating that we are enticing those travelers to stop in town and enjoy what New Market has to offer.  We couldn’t be more excited about that.” Mayor Douglas Bradley echoed those statements by concluding “A trip to New Market wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Strayer House.”