Ellwood is an 18th century house that was used as a Union headquarters during the May 5-6, 1864 Battle of the Wilderness. The house was owned by the Lacy family, who also owned Chatham Manor.
One year earlier, during the Battle of Chancellorsville, wounded men were cared for nearby. The most famous patient in the hospital was Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson. The cemetery includes the grave of Jackson’s amputated arm.
Ellwood’s open hours can be found on the NPS Operating Hours & Seasons page. Volunteers of the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield give tours of the house when it is open. The gate to drive up to the parking area is open during the hours the house is open, but the grounds of Ellwood are open sunrise to sunset. When the gate is closed visitors may park next to, but not blocking, the gate and walk the grounds.
To reach Ellwood, turn into the gravel driveway at the brown “Ellwood” sign on Rt. 20, 0.6 miles west of Rt. 20’s intersection with Rt. 3. (The Ellwood driveway-entrance is on your left when headed west on Rt. 20, in the direction of Orange, and on your right when headed east on Rt. 20, in the direction of the intersection with Rt. 3.)