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Memorial Day Weekend at the Wilderness

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from the all-volunteer nonprofit group that preserves Ellwood Manor, the only surviving historic building on the Wilderness battlefield of Orange and Spotsylvania counties:

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield has joined forces with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park to offer a variety of activities on Saturday, May 26, in commemoration of the Memorial Day weekend.
All activities will be held at Ellwood Manor, Wilderness, VA and are open to the public with no admission fee. Donations are always welcome. Ellwood Manor opens for tours at 11 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 26
1 – 1:45 p.m. Plantation “Walkabout,” led by archeology technician Dale Brown. Includes the ice house site, the carriage exit trail, Parker Store Road, and a portion of the proposed trail from Ellwood across the Wilderness Run to the location of the old Wilderness Tavern.
2 – 2:45 p.m. Concert of Civil War Music by Evergreen Shade
3 – 3:45 p.m. Talk by National Park Service historian Frank O’Reilly: ”The Last Days of
Stonewall Jackson”
4 p.m. Memorial Readings will be presented on Ellwood’s newly restored second floor by interpreters. Hear the stories of Artilleryman Edward Cooper, the four sons of Mrs. Agnes Allison, Corporal William Stowe, and Colonel John Patterson.
Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ellwood Manor is open for visitation.
For more info call 540-373-6240, visit or see the latest issue of the Wilderness Dispatch.