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Taming the Wilderness


“Taming the Wilderness”

A Living History Event at Historic Ellwood Manor

Sunday, September 28, 2014

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rain or Shine – FREE Admission – Donations Welcome


Enjoy a full day as craftsmen, artisans and historic presenters 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 Ellwood and the settling of the Wilderness.


Special Presentations

Sheila Arnold Jones

“Life as an enslaved African American in Virginia”

Sheila Arnold Jones, a renowned story teller will be informally available to visit with guests during the afternoon and will present  a one hour 1st person performance at 2:30 PM



“Architecture of Ellwood Manor”

Explore the architectural elements with Prof. Gary Stanton of UMW at 1:30 PM



Demonstrations ongoing throughout the day include:

  • Stone Masonry – Brent Ryder ….. Brick Masonry –  John Fredrichs
  • Hewing and Shaping Logs for Cabin Construction – Craig Jacobs
  • Blacksmithing and Traditional Ironworking – Ross Sullivan
  • Spinning and Weaving– Linda George (Members of the Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild)
  • Colonial Furniture Reproduction -Chris Kerr
  • Inn and Tavern Life – “Tavern Wenches”
  • Frontier Life on the Trail – The Westmoreland Longhunters
  • Open Hearth Cooking – Susan Titus ….. Period Musician – John Tole
  • Tanning Deer Hides – Melondy Phillips
  • Basket Weaving– Melissa Sullivan….Poplar Bark Baskets– Hugh Gildea
  • Itinerant Sketch Artist– David Mitchell
  • History Mystery Table – Can you identify these items?
  • Children’s Games of The PeriodFun for Kids and Grown-Ups Alike

 Light Refreshments will be available on the grounds for a small donation.

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.

 Click Here to print the flier (PDF)


Directions to Ellwood Manor




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