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“Strange and Interesting!”

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We were visiting The Wilderness battlefield and found Ellwood house along the way. I wasn't going to stop in until I read the brochure that indicated Robert E. Lee's father wrote his memoirs at the house and that Lafayette dined there. Admission is free so, why not go?

The house is a guided tour (at no cost but donations are accepted) by the Friends of Ellwood folks. There is a NPS volunteer in one of the downstairs rooms who talks about how the house was used as a HQ. He was very interesting.

The grounds to the right of the house has the family cemetery with Stonewall Jackson's arm, complete with headstone. The path is bordered by the herb garden at Ellwood, which is kind of cool to see what some of the herbs look like. Most of what I see of herbs are in a plastic container from WalMart and are dried.

If it weren't for the other graves in the plot, it would have been an entertaining experience to view an arm burial site, but the other graves reminded us of how tough times were before all our great modern medicine. There is a placard describing how Jackson's arm came to be buried at the site. About 20 miles on down the road is Jackson's Shrine where he was taken after his arm was amputated.

The site is an interesting side-stop while touring the battlefields in the area. The house is worth stopping in for the guided tour and seeing the exhibits.

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

A little piece of history tucked away in a field. My children are not old enough to understand the Civil War, but they enjoyed being outside

Thank Carrie P
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Ellwood Plantation where Stonewall Jackson's arm is buried is a typical Virginia plantation with the original plantation manor house open to the public. Tour guides gave the history of the plantation and were very informative. Well worth the visit!

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

This is located at the lovely Ellwood Manor, in the countryside off Route 30 and 20. The family cemetary became host to Jackson's arm after it was removed following the battle of Chancellorsville down the road. The Manor itself is in the Wilderness Battlefield and is being restored.

Thank TRAVELMOUSE011
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Stumbled on to this historic site by accident. Enjoyed the tour of the old farm house and walked the grounds.

Thank David J
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