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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