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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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    Reminder to park visitors. Fireworks are prohibited at Prince William Forest Park.

  • Oak Ridge Campground Site A29 closure

    Oak Ridge Campground site A29 will be closed until safety concerns have been mitigated. Please do not use that site until it has been reopened.

  • Warm Wet Spring = More Ticks

    Please check yourself and your pets for ticks continually during and after your visit. Ticks are less prevelent if you stay on trail or in mowed areas. Wearing light colored clothing helps you spot them before the attach.

  • Firewood

    Outside firewood is prohibited in Prince William Forest Park, unless it is certified USDA 'bug free' firewood. Dead and downed wood may be collected from designated areas for use while in the park. Help us protect the forest from invasive species!

  • Visitor Center Remodel 2014

    Over the next several months there will be new changes coming to the Visitor Center. Presently we are remodeling the bookstore area to give it more of a country theme. Next the exibit area will get all new exhibits. Thank you for your patience and support

Major Henry Everett Carter

Henry Carter's gravestone
Major Carter's headstone is the largest in the park.

Major Henry Everett Carter was born on September 5, 1829 and died on March 10th, 1882. His birthplace was listed as "fairview," Prince William Country, VA. He married Catherine Ann Golden on February 17th, 1833. Catherine was born in Dunnington's Rest, MD (Charles County). They had least 3 children including William Golden, Catherine Penelope, and Margaret Nelson. Catherine, Henry's wife, died in Washington, DC at the age of 101 on December 25, 1934.

Henry's father, Phillip Carter was born on April 15, 1793 in Prince William County and married Sarah Tansill on April 20, 1820. They had 5 children including Henry E., Harrison P., Maria Adelaide; Elisa Ellen; and Susan Virginia. He died in Prince William County on November 10, 1860.

Military Service
Henry Carter enrolled as First Lieutenant in Company G of the 49th Virginia Infantry in July of 1861. On May 1st 1962, he moved to Company B, known as the "Quantico Guards." There is no record of Major Carter receiving the rank of 'major' in his official records. It is stated that he resigned on October 6, 1862. Toward the close of the war, Henry Carter, like many of his confederate brethren purchased confederate bonds during the war to provide help fund the war effort. The bond reads:

Act of Congress
Four Per Cent Registered Bond
February 17, 1864
It is hereby certified that the Confederate States of America are indebted unto H. Everett Carter or assigns in the sum of One Hundred Dollars redeemable on the 1st day of July 1884 with interest at the rate of Four Per Center Per Annum payable on the first day of January and July in each year. This debt is authorized by an Act of Congress entitled An Act to redue the currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds. Approved February 17, 1864

Land Transfer History
Henry's father Henry's grandfather, Phillip Carter purchased the land from Westly Cole on November 21st 1834 and it was divided into 9 small lots. The Carter land was subdivided into 5 separate tracts of land prior to the government purchase. Carter cemetery was listed as 5,625 square feet when the federal government purchased the land in October of 1935. G. Raymond Ratcliffe owned the 53 acres with the cemetery on it. For this lot and another 53 acres Mr. Ratcliffe received $440.00 from the government ($4.00 per acre).

Cemetery Information
Local resident, Harvey Watson, remembers Major Carter's large headstone being carried to this site with a cart pulled by six mules on a sled in the snow. There are at least 13 graves in the cemetery and only 1 is inscribed. Carter's headstone is the largest in the park.

Did You Know?

American beaver

By the 1900s, Beavers were entirely extirpated from Virginia and were difficult to find across the entire lower 48 states due to over-consumption by humans. In 1950, Boy Scouts reintroduced 5 beavers into Prince William Forest Park. Today are more than 80 beavers in the 15,000 acre park.