Open House for Prospective Volunteers


Saturday, February 25, 2023

10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Ellwood Manor

36380 Constitution Highway (Route 20), Locust Grove, VA 22508 

From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, the National Park Service and the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) will host an Open House for prospective volunteers at Ellwood Manor, located at 36380 Constitution Highway (Rt. 20), Locust Grove, VA 22508. The Open House will introduce potential volunteers to opportunities for the 2023 season at the historic structure and grounds of Ellwood on the Wilderness Battlefield.

Ellwood is a historic slave plantation and farm that played a part in the battles of Chancellorsville and the Wilderness. Ellwood volunteers can become a part of the interpretive team that shares the story of this special place, or work with maintenance helping preserve the landscape for future generations.

Ellwood interpreters give formal and informal programs and provide orientation to park visitors. Individuals who are excited about learning history, discussing slavery and the Civil War, and telling historically underrepresented stories are encouraged to apply. Interpreters at Ellwood will need to attend an all-day training session. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Volunteers with the Grounds Force help maintain the grounds and historic landscape surrounding the manor. Grounds Force volunteers will need to attend training to safely operate groundskeeping equipment. Additional volunteer opportunities may be available through both the National Park Service and FoWB.

This open house is a chance for prospective volunteers to explore Ellwood and meet Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP personnel and FoWB members. Potential volunteers with questions or looking for more information may reach out to FoWB members Don Shockey (540-729–2885,, Bob Lookabill (540-972–5668,, or National Park Service Volunteer Coordinator Becca Toy (540-693-3200 x4100,  

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