Special Activities at Ellwood Manor – Sunday, August 17
On Sunday, August 17, 2014, Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) will commemorate the anniversary of a visit to Ellwood by the Marquis de Lafayette. Two special activities will be held at historic Ellwood Manor, an 18th century restored home owned by the National Park Service, stewarded by FoWB volunteers and located on the Wilderness Battlefield.
As a young French aristocrat sympathetic to the American cause, Marquis de Lafayette volunteered his services to the United States during the American Revolution. He was commissioned a major general, was a loyal supporter of George Washington, and played a key role in obtaining the direct support of French military and naval forces in the war. Lafayette obtained fodder for his horses and food for his men during the war from William Jones, Colonial owner of the property upon which Ellwood manor would be constructed. Shortly afterwards, Lafayette marched his troops to Yorktown and participated in the campaign resulting in the climactic surrender of Lord Cornwallis’ British troops. He returned to American in 1824-25 to visit the sites he had been at during the revolution in a prominent event known as Lafayette’s Triumphal Tour. On August 25, 1825 Lafayette had a celebratory breakfast with William Jones at Ellwood.
Touring the home between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm is a memorable experience enhanced by the knowledgeable FoWB volunteer guides. On August 17, as an added feature to commemorate Lafayette’s breakfast Historical House Guides will be telling the tale in their tours given on the hour and half hour. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While visiting Ellwood Manor please plan to spend a bit of time in the North Yard for a wonderful presentation about the late 18th and early 19th century outbuildings that supported the daily life at Ellwood. FoWB volunteer Dale Brown will do a 30-minute presentation at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the North Yard describing the locations of some key outbuildings at Ellwood Manor at the time of the Lafayette visit. Conjectural models of these outbuildings will be on display. This program is scheduled to be held Rain or Shine.
Admission to Ellwood Manor and all programs are FREE; donations are always welcome.
Ellwood Manor is owned by the National Park Service. Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is pleased to steward the property in partnership with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park