Visit the museums of the Virginia Military Institute, the oldest state-supported military college in the United States: The VMI Museum, Virginia Museum of the Civil War, Stonewall Jackson House, Marshall Museum and Library, Adams Center for Military History, and VMI Archives.
In 1944 George R. Collins, a 1911 graduate from the Virginia Military Institute, purchased the Bushong home and 171 acres of former battlefield that surrounded it. Mr. Collins wished for the Bushong Farm and the land to be protected. When he passed in 1964, Mr. Collins bequeathed the farm and battlefield to VMI to be used as a memorial of the Battle of New Market and for educational purposes. The Hall of Valor Civil War Museum opened in 1970. The museum was dedicated as a monument with its metal drum-like rotunda and stylized rifles leaning against it. Inside is a red carpet representing sacrifice and a graceful ramp signifying the forward motion of the VMI Cadets charging up Bushong’s Hill. In 2010, the museum’s name changed to the Virginia Museum of the Civil War to reflect its singularity as Virginia’s only state-owned Civil War Museum.