Visitor Center partial closure
Prince William Forest Park Visitor Center will close three days a week begining December 17th, 2013. The closure will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week between December 17th, 2013 to March 1st, 2014.
Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry Closure
Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry area will be closed December 1st, 2013 to February 28th, 2014.
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!
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?
The whitetail deer has a verticle leap of nine feet! This is a handy skill to have when eluding predators. How high can you jump?