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There is a 19th century farmhouse museum in Virginia that is the Bushong Family farm. The battle of New Market in the civil war was fought on the fields... below taken from various websites.

Jacob and Sarah Bushong established their home in 1818. Reflecting their growing prosperity, Jacob and Sarah built a larger home in 1825. Their new home would face south toward the town of New Market, one mile away. As their family continued to grow, the Bushong family added onto this house, and by about 1850 it appeared as it does today. By 1864, this house was the home of three generations of the family. The house reflects the Federal architectural style (1810-1830) with symmetrical three-bay front, pediment portico and vertical lines. During the battle seven members of the family took refuge in the cellar. Jacob, Sarah, Anderson, his wife Elizabeth, Willie, Carrie and Elizabeth. Throughout the long Sunday they could hear cannon, musketry and shouts of the soldiers fighting around their home. Peerting through windows they saw VMI cadets pass on the east and west sides of the house as they marched to join the Confederate battle line. Miraculously the house received little damage. After the battle, the house and barn would serve as a field hospital for a week for both Union and Confederate soldiers, leaving permanent blood stains in the Parlor. Remarkably Jacob Bushong’s barn was not “Sheridanized” or burned during the Shenandoah Campaign of 1864.