‘Spirits of the Battle of New Market’ tour is Saturday

The ghosts of the Battle of New Market return during the “Spirits of New Market” walking tour on Saturday.

Sarah Mink, supervisor of Historical Interpretation for the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, was inspired by ghost tours of prominent battlefields including Gettysburg and Williamsburg where ghostly activity attract visitors of all ages.

“For 10 years now we’ve offered walking tours around Halloween,” Mink said, adding that ghost stories are in demand at historical sites.  “We’re just following in the footsteps of others.”

Upon arrival, visitors will follow their guide on a lantern-lit, seven-station tour of the battlefield, Mink explained. Along the route, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with living historians portraying the soldiers, townsfolk and Bushong family of New Market. An opportunity to lend aid to the wounded, ask questions and experience the battlefield in a unique, eerie way will also be offered.

“We didn’t want to create a ghost tour that would dishonor the memory of the soldiers lost,” Mink said. “Therefore, this tour isn’t scary. It’s more informative and interactive.”

The museum will be open during the event. Refreshments will be offered. This is a rain or shine event. Tours begin at 7 p.m. and depart the Virginia Museum of the Civil War every 15 minutes. Each walking tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Tickets go on sale at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Cost is $10  per adult, ages 13 and older;  $5 for ages 6-12; children 5 and under are free.