Schedule for 2016  

Events and activities are free unless otherwise noted. Details for specific events will be posted as they develop.

We are currently in the process of  planning our events for 2016. Please check back often.

March 28 – Ellwood Manor Opens for the Season

Click Here for 2016 Hours of Operation

April 2 – Annual Park Clean Up Day

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is pleased to host our annual Park Day! We have a lot planned for this exciting day and we are looking forward to working with you again to help spruce up our Battlefield! Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last, so be sure to sign up right away!

Where: Assemble at the NPS Exhibit Shelter at Saunders Field

Time: 9 A.M. to Noon (Check-In 8:30 to 9:00)

Registration:  Online

May 7 – 152nd Anniversary of the Wilderness Battle at Ellwood

  • General G. K. Warren living history reenactor
  • Medical living history with John Pelletier
  • NPS Artillery Crew Live Fire Demonstration

Time: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.  (Actual event times to be determined)

May 8 – Mother’s Day at Ellwood Manor

Details to be determined

Time: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

August 13 – Commemoration of Lafayette’s Visit to Ellwood Manor 

Presentation by John Maass – More details to follow

Time: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

September 25 – Taming the Wilderness

Spend a delightful fall day transported back to the 18th century Virginia Frontier. Guests can choose to watch and question traditional craftsmen at work or roll up their sleeves and try some of these skills first hand.

Ellwood Manor, built in the last quarter of the 1700s, was then in the heart of the wilderness, on the edges of civilized society. Many skills and talents were needed to survive and thrive in the wilderness. Nearly two dozen traditional artisans and frontier re-enactors will bring the grounds at Ellwood to life, demonstrating how it was possible to build and maintain a home in such a hostile environment.

Time: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.


December 17 – A 19th Century Christmas at Ellwood Manor

Ellwood Manor will be beautifully decorated as it may have looked during the 19th century …. And Santa will stop by to visit with all of the kids (young and .. well … not so young).

  • The Manor House will be open for tours from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
  • Santa will be visiting from 10 A.M to Noon