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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

Archeology of the Poor House

The Poor House Site is in the northwest corner of the Park, on the crest of a large east-west ridge. Archeologists found a well and at least four buildings on the site. They date to two different periods, one before and one after the Civil War.

The earlier buildings were at the eastern end of the site. A rubble foundation measuring 14 x 30 feet, with a stone chimney base at one end, was probably the Poor House of the 1790s. Near this barracks building is another level area, with a pile of brick and stone at one end. The artifacts from this area also date to before the Civil War. This area may be the location of some of the log cabins the overseers ordered.

The Post-Civil War buildings are a house with stone foundations measuring 18 x 20 feet, probably the residence of the overseer; a barn foundation; and a level area measuring about 20 x 100 feet where excavation produced hundreds of nails. This level area is almost certainly where the large barracks described in the 1920s stood.

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.