The enthusiasm, hard work, and generosity of so have many enabled FoWB to complete all three Phases of the Ellwood Restoration Project. During the winter of 2011, Blue Mountain Builders and Two Worlds Renovations carried out the plans of historian/architect, Anthony Bochicchio, and restored the four bedrooms, Phase III of the project. Unfortunately the second floor will be closed for the 2013 season while the Park Service evaluates the impact of visitor traffic and potential safety concerns regarding the more fragile fabric of the second floor?
The transformation of the house is miraculous, considering that at one point its interior was a maze of open walls, deteriorating plaster, and timbers ravaged by insects. FRSP took on the infrastructure responsibilities but turned to FoWB to accomplish the finer aspects of the project.
Although restoration maintenance will continue to be a focus, the FoWB Board has voted to re-name the Ellwood Restoration Project, the Ellwood Cultural Landscape project. Ellwood Manor, manor being the term used for a gentleman planter’s estate home, is part of a cultural landscape. Cultural landscape is defined as a human-modified environment.
As such FoWB continues to care for the house, but now can look at the landscape beyond, initially through a system of trails. One, already in the works, will connect Ellwood to the Wilderness Tavern site. On the horizon, too, a review will also recommend the means to save the remaining old trees surrounding the house.
It is an extremely gratifying endeavor. Ellwood Manor is an integral component of American history. Through preservation and restoration, the house and surrounding grounds become the best of teaching tools, an unequaled learning experience.
Please join us as we continue to save this American treasure. Become a member of the team by sending a gift, becoming a “Friend,” or volunteering.