A brief stray from our normal stuff today to bring you Virtual Ellwood. This is a 3-D flyby of Ellwood that we have done as part of our Virtual Wilderness project–a 3-D interactive twin to Virtual Fredericksburg. I share this because it’s cool, of course, but also because this fly-around reflects the very latest research on Ellwood’s wartime landscape as it appears in the nearly-done Cultural Landscape Report. There are some things we still don’t know for sure–for example, exactly how many slave cabins stood behind the Big House and how they were configured–but most of this is rock-solid. While Ellwood is the only component of the Wilderness landscape we found it worthwhile to model (there wasn’t much on the battlefield in 1864), this sort of modeling will be typical for Virtual Fredericksburg. That program will include more than 60 modeled buildings.
For those who don’t know, Ellwood is a c1799 middling plantation on the eastern edge of the Wilderness Battlefield. We just unveiled the place in newly restored form, with new exhibits. For more on that, see here.