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Orange County Historical Society Programs

Orange County Historical Society meetings are usually held on the last Monday of the month (No meetings are held in February or December; the annual meeting is held on the 3rd Sunday in January and the "May" meeting is held the first Monday in June to avoid Memorial Day.  Winter, Spring, and Fall meetings are usually held at our Research Center and are open to the general public. Summer picnic meetings are usually held at various historic sites around the county and are usually only open to members and their guests.


"Dear Old Ellwood"

A Home in the Wilderness

Carolyn Elstner will present the story on 


Dear Old Ellwood, by Carolyn Jones Elstner and Katherine Porter Clark, was published in the fall of 2016 and presents a through history of this lovely 18th century house and plantation, located on the Orange/Spotsylvania line.  Carolyn Elstner, a descendant of the last family to own Ellwood, will present the story of this property that has a special place in her heart.  Ellwood is perhaps best known as a focal point in the critical Civil War Battle of the Wilderness, but Carolyn points out that the house is so much more.  Above all, for more than 200 years it was home to two families, through prosperity and hardship, through celebration and heartache.  Please join us for this intimate look at Ellwood.

Stay Tuned for further information on the other informative programs scheduled for the coming year.  And don't forget it isn't that long until we will be back having our summer picnics again!!!