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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

Artifacts Recovered from the Poor House

The artifacts found around the Poor House structures are similar to those found at farm sites throughout the Park. The finds included decorated ceramics, bits of glass tumblers, tobacco pipes, and part of a harmonica reed.

The residents of the Poor House seem to have used dishes, drinking glasses and other objects that looked much like those of their neighbors. Of course, these objects may have been donated to the poor, or purchased second hand by the overseers. We can’t tell from archeological fragments whether the dishes were chipped or cracked by the time they came to the Poor House. The harmonica reed is an evocative find, and we can imagine some elderly resident sitting in front of the Poor House playing a lonesome tune.

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