For Teachers

We appreciate the opportunity to work with your class to meet Virginia history Standards of Learning. We would like to assist you in getting the most out of your study of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.

Resources

The Ghost Cadet

Many schools throughout the country are reading Ghost Cadet, an award-winning historical novel based on the experience of cadet William Hugh McDowell at the Battle of New Market. More about William McDowell

Student Group Tours

We offer two-three-hour programs which fulfill Virginia Standards of Learning requirements.  Our programs include an interactive orientation, time in the museum, and a guided tour of the battlefield.  The experience provides opportunities to learn about the social and military struggle of the civil war in Virginia. For more information contact us at  minksc@vmi.edu or (866)515-1864.

Schedule a Tour

Rates **

  • Students (ages 6-12) - $5.00
  • Students (ages 13+) - $8.00
  • Teachers/Group Representative - Free
  • Bus Drivers - Free
  • Chaperones - $8.00 (We allow one free chaperone for every 10 students.  Any additional adult chaperones will be charged.)

Grades K - 6

  • Private's Tour:  2 hours
    Students explore the museum and complete a scavenger hunt, inspect supplies of a Civil War soldier and retrace footsteps of the troops and VMI cadets who participated in the Battle.
    SOLs: K.1a, K.1e, K.1g, K.2a, K.2b, K.3, 1.1a, 1.1g, 2.1a, 2.1e, 2.1g, 3.1a, 3.1e, 3.1g, VS.1a, VS.1b, VS.1c, VS.1d, VS.1e, VS.7a, VS.7b, VS.7c, USI.1a, USA.1c, USI.1d, USI.1e, USI.1f, USI.1g

  • School of the Soldier:  2.5 hours
    Students test their skills as a Civil War soldier by learning basic drills and marching techniques, explore the museum, complete a scavenger hunt, and learn about the basic needs of soldiers during the Civil War. During the tour, students experience the march of the cadets across the grounds.
    SOLs:  K.1a, K.1e, K.1g, K.2a, K.2b, K.3, 1.1a, 1.1g, 2.1a, 2.1e, 2.1g, 3.1a, 3.1e, 3.1g, VS.1a, VS.1b, VS.1c, VS.1d, VS.1e, VS.7a, VS.7b, VS.7c, USI.1a, USA.1c, USI.1d, USI.1e, USI.1f, USI.1g

  • Cadet's Tour:  3 hours
    Students explore the museum, complete a scavenger hunt, learn about the basic needs of soldiers during the Civil War, watch Field of Lost Shoes movie, and participate in a guided tour following in the footsteps of those who fought during the battle.
    SOLs:  K.1a, K.1e, K.1g, K.2a, K.2b, K.3, 1.1a, 1.1g, 2.1a, 2.1e, 2.1g, 3.1a, 3.1e, 3.1g, VS.1a, VS.1b, VS.1c, VS.1d, VS.1e, VS.7a, VS.7b, VS.7c, USI.1a, USA.1c, USI.1d, USI.1e, USI.1f, USI.1g

  • Life on the Farm:  2.5 hours
    Students explore 19th Century farm life and participate in hands-on activities at the Bushong Farm.  They will try their hand at building a rail fence and participate in other farm chores, as well as explore how children would have spent their free time with period toys and games.  A scavenger hunt of the farmhouse and grounds allow students to explore the farm and compare life in the 19th Century and now.
    SOLs:  K.1e, K.1g, K.2a, K.2b, K.3, K.4, 1.1a, 1.1d, 1.1g, 1.6b, 2.1a, 2.1d, 2.1g, 3.1a, 3.1d, 3.1g

Grades 7 - 12

  • Sergeant's Tour: 2-3 hours*
    Students explore the museum and complete a scavenger hunt, inspect supplies of a Civil War soldier and retrace footsteps of the troops and VMI cadets who participated in the Battle.
    *The program can be extended to 3 hours if you wish to view the 45-minute film, Field of Lost Shoes.
    SOLs:  CE.1a, CE.1f, VUS.1a, VUS.6e, VUS.6g, VUS.7a, VUS.7c, GOVT.1a, GOVT.1f 

**Rates for groups of 10 or more. Special small group pricing is available for groups fewer than 10 people.  Please contact us for more information.

Schedule a Tour