2018 Ellwood Volunteer Information and Training Schedule



Applications are now being accepted for Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) volunteer staff positions at Ellwood Manor for the 2018 Season. The FoWB volunteers form a dynamic team of dedicated individuals who share multiple common interests.



Park Day - LeavesAt Ellwood Manor, located on the Wilderness Battlefield, volunteers may choose to become a “Interpreter” serving in the house and optionally on the grounds or as a member of the “FoWB Ground Force ,” maintaining the glory of the landscape.; 

As a VOLUNTEER you can expect the following:

  • Volunteers receive extensive training by the National Park Service (NPS) and FoWB and continued support throughout the season.
  • Seasonal Volunteers are to become members of FoWB.
  • Training for Interpreters: New candidates: 2 full days (see training schedule below) Returning Veterans: 1 full day
  • Training for Ground Force: New and Returning Veterans: 1 half Day
  • Seasonal Time Commitment:
    • Ellwood Hours of Operation 2018:  Open weekends in the spring and fall. Daily in the summer. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm.
    • Interpreters  are expected to schedule a minimum of 2 full days or 4 half days per month during the months of May through August when the house is open 7 days a week. During the periods of April, September and October the requirement is 1 full day or 2 half days.
    • The Ground Force typically works one half day per week (Thursdays) during the “grass cutting season.”  We also work periodically in the fall/winter months on special projects.
  • Special tours and educational opportunities
  • Interpreters receive one shirt per season with FoWB logo and a personalized NPS name pin.
  • All FoWB Membership benefits plus 15% discount at Chancellorsville Visitors Center Gift shop.

Training Dates and Details  


Location: See Below
6421 Flat Run Rd.
Locust Grove, VA 22508

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

Lunch and Beverages will be provided.  Casual Dress

  • Saturday, Feb. 24 – New interpreters – Ellwood Manor
  • Thursday, March 22 and Saturday, March 10 – New Interpreters and Veterans: choose one day

Ground Force  –  Location: Ellwood Manor

  • Stop by Ellwood any Thursday morning around 9 A.M. (weather permitting)
  • Safety traing will be scheduled in the spring.
  • Coffee, water and snacks provided

How to apply:

Click Here to Complete an Application


  • Bob Lookabill, Ellwood Committee Chair at Ellwood@fowb.org or 540-903-8630 (Historic House Guides)

Applications should be received prior to the training sessions.

Ellwood Manor is a circa 1790 house within Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.  The cemetery contains the grave of Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson’s amputated arm from the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the house was a Federal headquarters during the Battle of the Wilderness.  Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is pleased to steward the property in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS).