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Experience the Wilderness Battlefield

"It has been said that, at it’s best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future. " -William Murtagh

Who We Are

The purpose of the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) is to assist the American Battlefield Trust and the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust in their efforts to preserve the battlefields in Spotsylvania and Orange Counties. The Friends provide advocacy, educational programs, and service projects for the battlefield.

FoWB comprises members from more than two dozen states and Canada. Nearly one-half of our members reside in the Virginia counties of Orange and Spotsylvania. Local members are integrally involved with the organization and its preservation activities, including interpretation at Ellwood, battlefield maintenance, events support, and community outreach and education.

What Makes FOWB Special

Personalized Tours

We are an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, who offers friendly, personalized tours. The battlefield grounds are beautiful to walk, with five hiking trails.

Unique Partnership

We enjoy a unique partnership with other like-minded historical preservation organizations to help maintain battlefield property and provide interpretation and living history events.

Heritage Program

We have a Heritage Program to honor ancestors who were there. We host a variety of Living History Events throughout the year, and host dinner or lunch events, with speakers.

Who We Serve

If you love history and want to be a part of our organization please consider becoming a member.

School and Community Groups
  • Educational Programs for All Ages by prior arrangement

  • Provide Speakers for your Meetings

  • Free Volunteer led tours of local battlefields

  • Self Guided Driving Tour of the Battlefield

  • Numerous Hiking/Walking Trails

  • Acres of Beautiful Woods and Meadows to Explore and Enjoy

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  • Trained Interpreters at area battlefields

  • Maintenance of area battlefields

  • Walking tour guides

  • Committee work, research and special events

Latest News and Updates

If you would like to stay updated on our latest events and projects make sure to sign up below. 

New hours for Payne’s Farm Interpretation will be 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays only beginning this coming Saturday through Sunday, August 11. 

Come experience Historic Ellwood Manor & Wilderness Battlefield

Located 30 minutes West of Fredericksburg , Virginia.

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