Ellwood Manor

The historic Ellwood Manor in Locust Grove. Volunteers interested in helping clean up local Civil War battlefields and historic sites can learn more at an open house Saturday.


Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will hold an open house for potential volunteers at historic Ellwood Manor in Locust Grove from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Feb. 16.

Ellwood Manor, located at 36380 Constitution Highway, is the only Civil War-era structure remaining on the Wilderness Civil War Battlefield.

Volunteers for the 2019 season may choose to become an interpreter providing guided tours inside the house and around the grounds, or to become a member of the Ground Force, which maintains the manor’s grounds. The Friends group is also seeking volunteers interested in assisting with various programs/projects on the battlefield, community outreach events and historical research.

FoWB, in conjunction with the National Park Service, will provide an all-day training session for new volunteers interested in becoming interpreters at Ellwood Manor. That session will be held Feb. 23 at Ellwood Manor. Both new and returning interpreters will need to attend one of two identical training sessions offered on March 23 and April 9. Lunch and snacks will be provided for all sessions.

Interested parties may contact either Don Shockey or Bob Lookabill to express their interest or ask any questions regarding the training. Shockey’s phone number is 540/ 729-2885 and his email is shockeydl@comcast.net. Lookabill’s phone number is 540/972-5668 and his email is ellwood@fowb.org. Both will be happy to visit with you.

Ellwood Manor is a circa 1790 house within Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. The cemetery contains the grave of Confederate Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson’s amputated arm from the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the house was a Federal headquarters during the Battle of the Wilderness. Ellwood Manor is owned by the National Park Service.

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield stewards the property in partnership with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. For more information or directions, please visit fowb.org.

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Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407