Ellwood Manor Open for Tours Starting May 14


The National Park Service and volunteers with the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) will be opening the doors of Ellwood Manor to visitors on weekends starting Saturday, May 14, and daily starting on June 6. The house will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 14 through June 5, 2022. Starting on June 6 and through the summer season, the house will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check for updates on opening hours and days.  

The site will be staffed by FoWB volunteers and National Park Service rangers whenever the house is open. Visitors can take a tour through the first floor of the house, and explore exhibits on Ellwood, the nearby Civil War battles, and care of the wounded. Staff will be on the grounds to answer questions and explain the significance of Ellwood to the battles that took place nearby. Staff will also offer short programs to explain the Battle of the Wilderness and provide visitors with an orientation to General Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign. Tours and programs are offered periodically throughout the day as visitors arrive.  

The grounds of Ellwood Manor are open daily year-round from sunrise to sunset. The gate to drive up to the parking area near the house is open when the house is open. When the gate is closed, visitors may park in the space next to, but not blocking, the gate and walk the grounds.  

Ellwood Manor was a slave plantation built around 1790. At the outbreak of the Civil War it was owned by Betty & J. Horace Lacy, the family that owned Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg. Ellwood was a Confederate field hospital after the Battle of Chancellorsville and a United States Army headquarters during the Battle of the Wilderness. For more on Ellwood’s story, visit  

The Friends of Wilderness Battlefield partner with the National Park Service in maintaining Ellwood’s grounds, aiding in restoring and maintaining the house and other structures, and helping to interpret the site’s history. 

Ellwood Manor is located in the Wilderness Battlefield at 36380 Constitution Hwy, Locust Grove, VA 22508. 

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