Schedule for 2018  

Events and activities are free unless otherwise noted. Details for specific events will be posted as they develop.  Please sign up for our email mailing list to insure that you are notified of all event details.

October 13  – A Day in the Life of a Soldier – Living History at Ellwood

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Living Historians John Yurechko, portraying a Union soldier, and Mike Pierce, portraying a Confederate soldier, will compare and contrast the equipment, motivation, and experiences of soldiers on opposing sides during presentations at 11am and 1pm. They, along with several other Living Historians, will be on site all day to talk about camp life and Civil War military service in general.

Author and retired National Park Service Historian Don Pfanz will give a presentation at Noon regarding “The Great Skeleton Hunt of 1865”. Don’s new book, Where Valor Sleeps: A History of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery 1866–1933, will be available for purchase and he will be glad to sign your copy until 2pm. Eastern National will have a selection of similar books for purchase on site as well.

Living Historian John Pelletier, who portrays a Civil War Surgeon, will be available inside the house (Ellwood Manor) throughout the day. Visitors are encouraged to converse with him and ask questions about medical practices utilized during the Civil War era. See reproductions of the various instruments in a surgeon’s kit and learn how surgeons saved many lives despite some misconceptions regarding the importance of sanitation.

September 30  – Taming the Wilderness

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Artisans will be on the grounds at Ellwood to demonstrate crafts and building techniques from the 18th century. More details to follow.