Step into history. Step onto the battlefields of the American Civil War. Hear the sounds of the Battle of the Wilderness echo between Spotsylvania and Orange County in Virginia. Find yourself in Ellwood Manor, which once served as a confederate hospital. Walk in the footsteps of General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. Discover the bravery and sacrifices of American civilians and soldiers alike.

*Photo credit to Tony Kelley

Friends of the Wilderness Battle and Historic Ellwood tell the stories behind wounded Civil War soldiers, Phillis Wheatley— the first female African American poet recorded, General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s amputated left arm, and even gold discoveries along the Germanna Plank Road. Today, the Battlefield is an oasis of natural beauty where visitors can walk the trails, take driving tours, and visit the restored Ellwood Manor. The Battle of the Wilderness was a pivotal point during the Civil War and an event that shaped U.S. history forever. Right here in Orange County, VA! Learn more by clicking here.

Engage with History

Read the histories of Ellwood Manor and the Battle of the Wilderness. Be sure to check out the videos embedded throughout their website. Submerge yourself in American Civil war history and more.

Explore from Home

Explore: Relive some of Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield’s (FoWB) most popular events by visiting their video archives. From canoe trips to carving demonstrations, these videos capture some of FoWB’s most entertaining moments!

Learn: Immerse yourself in the short, educational articles of the “History in Our Backyard” series written by FoWB volunteers. These brief glimpses into the Wilderness’ history are intended to encourage residents of all ages living in and around the Spotsylvania and Orange counties to learn and appreciate the significant impact that this area has had on our local and national history.

Support: Like the FoWB Facebook page, or sign up for their e-blasts to learn about their latest activities and news. Stay tuned for more information soon!

Orange County Tabby Cat Coloring Page- For the Kids!

Check out this Ellwood Manor & Wilderness Battlefield coloring page from the Orange County Historical Society! Download it HERE. Be sure to send us a picture of your completed work to be featured on our social media pages!

You can also buy a whole book of fun, historic activities with “Purr” the Orange County Tabby Cat here. Happy illustrating!

*Photos sourced from the Ellwood Manor & Wilderness Battlefield website and social media pages.