Ellwood At Night 05042014 By Shenandoah Sanchez

History at Sunset – Ghosts, Spirits, and Eerie Feelings: The Wilderness


The first in the 2014 series of “History at Sunset” programs conducted by the National Park Service will be presented at Ellwood on Friday, June 13, 7:00 p.m.!!

From the NPS press release:

Fredericksburg, VA — After a year’s hiatus, The National Park Service is pleased to announce the 2014 schedule for its popular Friday evening “History at Sunset” programs.   Now in its twelfth year, the series explores lesser known aspects of the Civil War in the Fredericksburg area. All programs begin at 7 p.m. and are free.

This year’s series will kick off on June 13 with an unusual look at the Wilderness by Noel Harrison. “Ghosts, Spirits, and Eerie Feelings” will explore how participants and later authors often used supernatural and otherwise eerie imagery to describe the Wilderness.  On July 11, Frank O’Reilly will lead a rare exploration of General “Stonewall” Jackson’s winter encampment at Moss Neck Plantation in Caroline County. Also on the schedule is a program on the beach at Aquia Landing presented by John Hennessy, in conjunction with Stafford County’s 350th anniversary observance.  The year’s schedule will conclude with a campfire program for all at Chatham on August 8, “We Wished for Night,” led by Peter Maugle. Note that lawn chairs are strongly recommended for the programs on June 13, July 25, and August 8.

A full listing of the 2014 History at Sunset programs follows.  For additional information, call the National Park Service at 540-373-6122.

June 13:      Ghosts, Spirits, and Eerie Feelings: The Wilderness.  At Ellwood, 36380 Constitution Highway, Locust Grove, VA.  Led by Noel Harrison.  Please bring a lawn chair.

June 20:      First Clash at Chancellorsville:  A Walk on the May 1 Battlefield.  Presented in collaboration with the Civil War Trust.  Site is on Route 3 five miles west of I-95.  Beth Parnicza and Kyle Bracken.

June 27:      Building the Mule Shoe Salient. Beth Parnicza and Eric Mink. Meet at the end of Anderson Drive, Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield.

July 11:        Jackson at Moss Neck.  18383 Moss Neck Manor Road, 22408. Park along Burma Road (Route 766), off Route 17 in Caroline County. Frank O’Reilly.

July 18:        History Revealed:  Civil War Secrets on the University of Mary

Washington Campus. Park at the corner of William St. and Sunken Road, 1004 William St., 22401  Beth Parnicza and Andrea DeKoter.

July 25:        Steamships, Slaves, Railroads, and Armies:  Aquia Landing. 2846 Brooke Rd, Stafford, 22554.  A Stafford 350th Program.  John Hennessy. Please bring a lawn chair.

Aug. 1:        Where Valor Sleeps:  Explorations in Fredericksburg National Cemetery.  Meet at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. Donald Pfanz.

Aug. 8:        We Wished for Night: Campfire Program at Chatham. Peter Maugle and Andrea DeKoter.   120 Chatham Lane, 22405.  A Stafford 350th Program.  Please bring a lawn chair and flashlight.

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