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Taming the Wilderness – A Living History Event at Ellwood Manor

Enjoy a full day as craftsmen, artisans and living historians demonstrate many aspects of life in the late 1700s through the early 1800s.   Demonstrations will highlight the building trades and homemaking skills related to the construction of the historic structure Ellwood and the settling of the Wilderness.


Taming the Wilderness, an 18th Century living history event in its 10th year, is sponsored by Friends of Wilderness Battlefield. The event will be held rain or shine on Sunday, September 25, 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at Ellwood Manor.

Taming_Cooking_1Artisans will be present throughout the day, demonstrating skills of the time such as stone masonry, brick masonry, and the hewing and shaping of logs for cabin construction.  Domestic activities to be demonstrated include spinning and weaving, the tanning of deer hides, open hearth cooking and the making of furniture.   Other living history impressions will depict inn and tavern life as well as frontier life on the trail.  Also present will be portrayals of a period musician, an 18th century surgeon and an itinerant sketch artist.

In addition to the ongoing living history, several talks and tours pertaining to the Civil War will also be offered at specific times.

Historian Brad Gottfried will give a talk at 11:00 A.M. about his book The Maps of the Wilderness, an atlas depicting each phase of the Battle of the Wilderness.  The talk will be followed by a book signing.   Eastern National bookstore staff will be on hand to sell his book along with other sales items pertaining to the Wilderness Battlefield.

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield volunteers will conduct guided walking tours of the Wilderness Crossing Trail at 12:00 P.M., 1:45 P.M. and 3:30 P.M.  Sturdy shoes and bug spray are recommended for this 75-minute program, and don’t forget to bring along a bottle of water.

The Ellwood house will also be open for tours during the day from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

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.


Free and Open to he Public.   Donations Welcomed

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