Taming the Wilderness – September 30, 2018


Taming the Wilderness: An 18th Century Living History Event at Ellwood

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, homemaking skills and general all around skills needed to settle and survive in the Wilderness.

Taming the Wilderness, an 18th Century living history event in its 12th year, is sponsored by Friends of Wilderness Battlefield. The event will be held rain or shine on Sunday, September 30th, 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at Ellwood Manor.

Artisans will be present throughout the day, demonstrating skills of the time such as stone masonry, wood working and the hewing and shaping of logs for cabin construction.  Domestic activities to be shown include spinning and weaving, the tanning of deer hides, open hearth cooking and long rifle hunting skills.  The Germanna Foundation will have a display of their archaeological activities. Other living history re-enactors will depict inn and tavern life, portrayals of a period musician, an 18th century surgeon and an itinerant sketch artist.

In addition to the ongoing living history, a talk and tours pertaining to Ellwood will also be offered at specific times.  Long time FoWB member and amateur archaeologist Dale Brown give a talk at 12:30 P.M. about the origins and construction of Ellwood and in particular the outbuildings to include the kitchen, diary, smokehouse and oven. A special program on tavern life will be presented at 2 P.M.

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield volunteers will conduct guided walking tours of the Wilderness Crossing Trail at Noon and 3 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.  A shorter 30 minute walking tour of the grounds will also be offered at 11A.M. and 4P.M.

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.

All programs are free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome.

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