Muster on the Maury is a Civil War living history event to be held at the Paxton House in Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista, Va. on May 9 - 11, 2014. Some of our handouts listed the date as May 8 - 10. They are wrong! The correct date is Friday May 9 through Sunday May 11.
This event is sponsored by the Paxton House Historical Society which is in the process or restoring and preserving the Paxton House. Proceeds from the Muster on the Maury will help support this project.
Friday is school days with classes from various schools, and the local senior center, visiting the Paxton House.
There is a full day of activities Saturday with living historians, demonstrations, kids activities, programs, a battle, and a dance Saturday night with the 2nd Virginia String Band. Sunday starts with a period church service with General, and Episcopal Bishop, Leonidas Polk followed by another battle. After the battle we will slip back to 1861 for a Rockbridge secession convention.
Spectators will be charged $5 for the two day pass. In addition they can attend the dance for a $10 fee (free to re-enactors). A combined entry and dance ticket is $12.
Food service will be available Saturday.
Re-enactors will be provided a free meal Saturday evening and the public is invited to join them (for $7.50))
Go to the blog page and see SCHEDULE for the tentative list of events.
For planning purposes we ask all living historians, re-enactors, and demonstrators to register in advance. Go to the blog page and read the blog titled "REGISTRATION".
The Paxton House is a Historic Landmark built between 1830 and 1835 by Elisha Franklin Paxton on a knoll beside the Maury River with a sweeping view of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east. It was the boyhood home of his son, also named Elisha but generally called "Bull", who was killed at Chancellorsville in 1863 while commanding the Stonewall Brigade. In 1968,the City of Buena Vista purchased the old Paxton Place (re-naming it Glen Maury, a Scots name meaning Valley of the Maury River) as a site for a reservoir. The reservoir was never build and the property became a 315 acre city park. The park's web page is www.bvcity.org/?page_id=525 The house is being restored by the Paxton House Historical Society with some city funds and private donations. Last spring a visitor posted a Youtube video of him touring the Paxton House. For some reason the exact address will not paste here but go to www.youtube.com and type in "paxton house buena vista Since then we have done a lot of restoration work but a lot more needs to be done.
The City of Buena Vista, population 6600, is located in the beautiful Valley of Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, six miles from Lexington, three miles from Interstate 81 (exit 188) and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and accessible via US Routes 60 and 501. Go to the blog page and see the DIRECTIONS blog.