Muster on the Maury - Living History in the Valley of Virginia
The 2015 Muster on the Maury is history and we wish to thank all the re-enactors, living historians, demonstrators, volunteers, spectators, and students and their teachers and chaperons who made this a successful event, not forgetting the weatherman who did a much better job this year. We will take several weeks off and then start planning for the 2016 Muster. Here is a photo taken before the start of the church service Sunday.
May 1 - 3, 2015
Friday, May 1, will be a school day with the main activities taking place on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3. There is no registration fee for re-enactors and living historians while the entry fee for spectators will be $5/day for everyone over 12 or a two day pass for $8. This year we are sharing the park with a blue grass jam festival. They will be in the front area of the park by the baseball field and the modern camping area while we will be set up in the same areas as last year: around the Paxton House, next to the river, and the horses will again be along the foot of the slope. The festival is Thursday - Saturday and there is no admission for that so re-enactors and living historians are invited to set up camp Wednesday and enjoy a day of blue grass on Thursday before our activities start Friday. Blue Grass and the Blue and Gray, a great combination. You can camp Sunday night and pack up and leave Monday. We will be providing re-enactors/living historians with dinner Saturday evening, an old fashioned hot dog roast with the fixings. We are also negotiating for on site food vendors during the event. Depending on the number of powder burners we will have either a small battle or demonstrations both days. We are in the process of setting the schedule and will be posting more information after New Years.
Muster on the Maury, 2014, is now history. We had a lot of fun, except for the heavy rain Saturday. Fortunately we were able to move all the activities inside the large pavilion. The weather was nice Friday for school days and Sunday for the battle.
The 2014 Muster on the Maury is now on Youtube. Go there at
or go to Youtube and enter Muster on the Maury. Hope you enjoy the presentation
Here are a few photos from the 2014 event. Many more are on the YouTube presentation.

The Paxton House is a Historic Landmark built by Elisha Paxton in the 1830s. It was the boyhood home of his son, Confederate General Elisha "Bull" Paxton. The city of Buena Vista aquired the site in 1990 and it became a 315 acre city park. The park's web page is 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 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.
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