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02.03.2018 : Open House for Volunteers

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm



An Open House has been scheduled to introduce potential volunteers to various volunteer positions for the 2018 season at the historic structure Ellwood on the Wilderness Civil War Battlefield.   From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, on Saturday, February 3, 2018, Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) will hold the Open House at Ellwood Manor, located at 36380 Constitution Highway (Rt. 20), Locust Grove, VA.

FoWB volunteers form a dynamic team of dedicated individuals who share multiple common interests.  We have several openings available and would love to have you join us this year. While not mandatory to become a volunteer, this Open House is a chance to meet Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park personnel and FoWB veteran volunteers to talk about opportunities for the coming year.

At Ellwood Manor, the only Civil War-era structure remaining on the Wilderness Battlefield, volunteers may choose to become an interpreter, providing guided tours in the house, or to become a member of the Ground Force, maintaining the beautiful grounds surrounding the manor. We are also seeking volunteers interested in assisting with various programs and/or 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 who are interested in becoming interpreters at Ellwood Manor. That session will be held on Saturday, the 24th of February, at Ellwood Manor. Then both new and returning guides will need to attend one of two identical training sessions offered in March (Dates TBD). Lunch and snacks will be provided for all sessions.

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

For volunteers interested in joining the Ground Force, please contact Mark Wakeman at Battlefield@fowb.org for information.

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization devoted to helping preserve and interpret the Wilderness battlefield in Orange and Spotsylvania counties.

Ellwood Manor is owned by the National Park Service.  Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is pleased to steward the property in partnership with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. For more information or directions, please visit us at www.fowb.org


February 3
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Friends of Wilderness Battlefield
(540) 972–5668


Ellwood Manor