Living History Event at Ellwood Manor – June 18
Please join the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) on Saturday,
June 18 for living history presentations regarding medical issues and
practices during the Civil War. This is being held in conjunction with a more-comprehensive National Park Service living history weekend on the Chancellorsville Battlefield that weekend.
10:00 A.M. to 5:00 – P.M.Living Historians John Pelletier and Marilyn Iglesias will be
available to visit with people throughout the day and will give a special presentation at 2:30 P.M.
1:00 P.M. – FoWB volunteer Dale Brown will give a presentation about the
archeology of the house and the grounds.
2:00 P.M. – FoWB Volunteer Rod Lackey will give a presentation about
Ellwood’s use as a Confederate Hospital, as well as other events related to
the area around Ellwood during the Battle of Chancellorsville.
3:00 P.M. – A guided walking tour to the site of the Wilderness Tavern will be
conducted by a FoWB volunteer The tour takes around one
hour and fifteen minutes and begins at the small gate just behind the
house. It is approximately 1.5 miles in length over unpaved terrain.
Visitors will see parts of historic road traces of the Orange Turnpike,
Germanna Plank Road, and the Ellwood Carriage road, as well as crossing
over the Wilderness Run on a solid wooden footbridge. Sturdy walking
shoes and appropriate hiking clothes are recommended, and don’t forget a
bottle of water and insect repellent.
FoWB volunteers will be available to assist visitors with possible
ancestral connections with the Battle of the Wilderness or Ellwood, in
the Heritage Program tent on the grounds.
The house will be open from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and FoWB volunteer
interpreters will be available to talk with visitors and answer questions.
All programs are free and open to the public. Donations welcomed.