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First Quarter Newsletter April 1 - June 30, 2024

First Quarter Newsletter April 1 - June 30, 2024

Where: Wilderness Run Vineyards

11109 Plank Rd. (Route 3), Spotsylvania, VA 22553

When: May 4-5, 2024

Time: Saturday: 9 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday: 9 AM - 1:30 PM

Admission: Free

Please join us as we mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness, fought 160 years ago. Civil War Historical Impressions, Inc. and Friends of Wilderness Battlefield are joining forces to present this special event. This will be a fantastic weekend marked by an opportunity for the public to visit with living historians portraying famous participants in the battle to include General Grant, and many members of his command. There will be the opportunity for the young and the not so young to interact with participants who will answer your questions concerning weapons, military life, uniforms and actual combat. There will be a full field hospital and various maneuvers throughout the day. Bring the entire family and explore the way as it was in 1864. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome and appreciated.

For information about the Battle of the Wilderness, please see the American Battlefield Trust link here:


Park Day is Back!

Saturday, April 6, 2024

FOWB is teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to co-host Park Day at Payne's Farm, in Locust Grove, VA. We hope to see you there! Here are the details!

Saturday, April 6, 2024

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

31334 Zoar Rd

Locust Grove, VA 22508

Meeting place:

Park at the Civil War Trails lot off of Zoar Rd. The given address is Zoar Baptist Church, which is maybe 200 yards from parking lot.

Planned Activities:

We will do general clean up, clear brush, trim tree limbs, and remove trash.

Should I bring any tools or supplies?

Anything to help cut down dead or overgrown tree limbs such as handsaws or hatchets. Please bring work gloves. We will provide bags for trash removal.

Is there a rain date?

In the instance of inclement weather, Park Day will be cancelled.

Please note:

There are no public facilities for water, bathrooms, etc. It is a wooded trail, so wear durable shoes.


Sponsoring An Educator

In addition to our scholarship grant for a high school student, this year, along with the Lake of the Woods Civil War Study Group, we are co-sponsoring an educator to attend the American Battlefield Trust National Teacher Institute. The cost of the weekend is yet to be determined in detail, but the grant from the two organizations will cover air fare, lodging and food. This year, the institute is being held July 11-14, 2024, in New Orleans, Louisiana! The theme is "How the Leaders of the Past Shape the Leaders of Tomorrow."

The annual National Teacher Institute brings together educators from all over the world. This three-and-a-half-day event includes breakout sessions, workshops, lectures, and tours from some of the leading experts in the history and education fields.

FOWB is honored to assist educators in this great opportunity! For more information on this event, please see:


Volunteer Open House!

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Wilderness Run Vineyards

11109 Plank Rd. (Route 3), Spotsylvania, VA 22553

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Interpreters and Ground Force Needed

We would love to have you join us!


Earth Day on the Rappahannock 2024

April 20

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Old Mill Park

2201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Fredericksburg, VA

One of our amazing board members is a Master Naturalist, and protecting and preserving the natural landscape of battlefield property is important to our organization. FOWB will have a booth at this event, so please stop by and say Hi! This event is free and open to the public! For more information, go to:


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