|Overview of Walking Tours in New Market, Virginia|
‘History at your Feet”
Stroll the timeworn streets of the historic district of New Market, Virginia, with a local historian dressed in 1860’s apparel and hear the stories of the people who once lived or worked on Congress Street. The information shared on the New Market Walking Tours is compiled from local family histories, letters, personal journals, church records, US military records, and research of the Henkel family papers in various Virginia libraries.
The New Market Walking Tours are each approximately 90 minutes in length and cover approximately 8 blocks in distance. The tours guide stops in front of historic residences to recall the adventures of the people who once lived or worked there. New Market Walking Tours, with its motto, “History at your Feet” brings real-life stories to the visitor or simply put, history not necessarily found in a textbook.
The New Market Walking Tours, created in 2006, are the oldest, historian-guided walking tours in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Dr. Betty Karol Wilson, founder of the New Market Walking Tours, formerly a college professor and now the owner of the Apple Blossom Inn B&B, was asked by local residents to create a tour detailing the rich history of the town of New Market. Dr. Wilson is indebted to Susan Smith, Shenandoah County Schools librarian and resource coordinator, for her earlier New Market tour developed for fourth-grade history students. Ms. Smith is the New Market Walking Tours weekend guide and also the premier re-enactor of Jessie Hainning Rupert, “The Angel of the Shenandoah.”
In addition to the tours listed here, or as an alternative to walking, you may hire New Market Walking Tour Guide, Susan Smith, to present personally or to your organization a one-woman, 45 minute drama based on the life of Jessie Rupert, entitled “Angel of the Shenandoah”