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. The camping area will be available for setup on Thursday and participants are invited to remain until Monday. Friday morning and early afternoon will be a school day, with local classes visiting the site for living history programs. Friday evening there is a community supper to raise funds for the Paxton House. This is not part of our event but re-enactors and living historians who participated in the school programs are invited to be their guests for the meal. Saturday will be a full day of living history. The exact program will be set up once we see who, and what, we will have. Depending on the number of infantry who register we will have either demonstrations (marching and firing) or perhaps a skirmish. The Saturday evening meal will be provided for registered participants. Nothing fancy, just an old fashioned cookout (burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, sodas, etc.). We are investigating the possibility of a dance after the cookout. Weather should be no problem. There is a very large pavilion behind the house where we can do all the programs if it rains. The only thing that would keep us from setting the whole camp in the pavilion is that the tent stakes wouldn't penetrate the concrete floor. Sunday we are working on setting up a period church service and we plan on finishing the event by the early afternoon. We expect a number of living historians, both civilian and military, and hope to secure a number of re-enactors. An artillery unit has expressed an interest, horses are welcome, and you can never have too much infantry. Confederate and Union are invited. Water, wood, straw, and ice will be available and there are showers in the park @ 1/4 mile from the camp. If you are coming in early Thursday, or plan on staying until Monday, there are a number of sites to visit in Lexington, 6 miles away, including the burial places of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, Jackson's house, Virginia Military Institute, and others. We are also near Natural Bridge and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
For planning purposes we ask everyone 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.
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.