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The park is supported by two friends groups, Friends of Wilderness Battlefield and Friends of Chatham.
Ellwood Manor and grounds
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield help to maintain Ellwood Manor and its grounds

Larry Stuart

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) staff Ellwood Manor seasonally, maintain the ground, and fundraise for the betterment of Ellwood and the Wilderness Battlefield as a whole. They also frequently host special events, including the popular annual Taming the Wilderness program. Starting in the summer of 2017, FoWB will sponsor an internship in partnership with the NPS. Half of the intern’s time will be spent interpreting the Wilderness Battlefield, while the other half is spent working on a special project for the betterment of the organization.
Chatham Manor in the distance with garden in full bloom
Friends of Chatham help greatly with the Colonial Revival Garden

NPS Photo/Kyle Ruiz

Friends of Chatham fundraise exclusively for improvement projects within Chatham Manor and on its grounds, and have successfully completed a number of projects, including a restoration of the Summer House and repairs to Chatham’s window frames. They also host and assist the NPS with special events.


In addition to the Friends groups, the park has a long history of cooperation with our local Civil War Round Table groups. Both the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table and the Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg support battlefield preservation and presents monthly programs on the Civil War. Park historians frequently speak to the group.
Since the Summer of 2011, the RVCWRT has sponsored the Edwin C. Bearss internship , the recipient of which acts as an historical interpreter at the park for a summer season. The Round Table also offers a $2000 scholarship which any intern dedicating more than 350 hours of service to the park may apply for.
Starting in the Summer of 2017, the CWRT of Fredericksburg will sponsor the Ralph Happel Internship, which will allow the individual selected to work as an historical interpreter at the park. Applicants may apply directly to the park.
Civil War Trust sign at Chancellorsville First Day's Battlefield
The American Battlefield Trust maintains a trail at Chancellorsville's First Day Battlefield

NPS Photo

There are also several preservation organizations that actively support preservation in the Fredericksburg area.

These include:

Central Virginia Battlefield Trust. This is a Fredericksburg based preservation group that has made several important battlefield purchases.

American Battlefied Trust. This is the largest nation wide Civil War preservation group, and currently own and maintain several key sections of battlefield land in the area. These include the Slaughter Pen Farm on the Fredericksburg Battlefield and the Chancellorsville First Day's Battlefield.

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation. This group promotes preservation in the city of Fredericksburg.

Last updated: March 3, 2019

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120 Chatham Ln
Fredericksburg, VA 22405


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