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.
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. So what have we been doing lately?
- FoWB, in partnership with the NPS, created a new hiking trail in 2012/2013 linking Ellwood Manor to the Wilderness Tavern Site. The trail follows the historic Parkers Store Road and crosses the Wilderness Run via a pedestrian bridge at the historic Orange Turnpike/Germanna Plank Road intersection. Read more.
- Our major project for 2014/2015 is the restoration of the 20th century brooder barn. FoWB is funding the project to repair the cinder block walls, replace the roof, paint the exterior, install a concrete floor and install electrical service. A handicap accessible bathroom will also be installed Once completed, the lawn maintenance equipment utilized by the FoWB Ground Force will be relocated from the old garage to the brooder barn. The project was not only financially backed by FoWB, it also included many hours of donated volunteer hours including two Boy Scout Eagle projects! More info to follow soon. Photos
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.