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At our January 25, 2017, Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg meeting, John Hennessy, Chief...
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War Comes to Dear Old Ellwood

March 28, 2018, Carolyn Elstner will talk about her book, Dear Old Ellwood, published in November 2016. She will instruct that Ellwood's Civil War history is far more profound than General "Stonewall" Jackson's amputated left arm...!

Carolyn's undergraduate degree is in music from Sweet Briar College. She holds a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Virginia. She is married to dentist Tom Elstner. They have two children, Meg (in Virginia) and Peter (in Oregon), and one grandchild.

Carolyn has lived all but 14 years of her life in Fredericksburg. Growing up here she had two homes -- one in town and one in the Wilderness. Ellwood was her grandparents' farm. The family owned it from 1907 to 1977.

For 17 years Carolyn was volunteer director of Ellwood for the National Park Service. She oversaw the opening of Ellwood to the public, worked its grounds, trained its interpreters each year, and managed the restoration of the house to its Civil War appearance. Now she is president of the Fredericksburg Ladies' Memorial Association, which owns and maintains the Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery. She considers this a natural progression from her Ellwood tenure. It was home to Horace and Betty Lacy for nearly sixty years. The Lacys were founders of the cemetery.

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