FREDERICKSBURG, VA. — Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is currently accepting applications for Ellwood Interpretive Volunteers. Under the supervision of park staff, the volunteers will help staff Ellwood, a historic slave plantation and home on the Wilderness Battlefield. Ellwood volunteers can become a part of the interpretive team that shares the story of this special place.

Prospective volunteers should apply online at A required volunteer training will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2024.  Interested volunteers who cannot make the June 1 training are encouraged to apply and attend the training at a future date.

Volunteers are an essential part of the park’s team. Interpretive service volunteers provide orientation to the park, relevant historical information, and represent the National Park Service in a professional manner.

Interpretive volunteers will be expected to navigate conversations around potentially difficult subjects such as slavery as a cause of the Civil War, wartime emancipation, Civil War memory, and the unfinished work of Reconstruction. Additionally, volunteers support the National Park Service’s mission, including providing safe, welcoming, and respectful spaces for all park visitors and interacting with one another as well as staff in a positive way.

For additional information, call (540) 693-3200. To learn more about this and other volunteer opportunities visit