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    Prince William Forest

    Park Virginia

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  • 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

  • Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry Closure

    Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry area will be closed December 1st, 2013 to February 28th, 2014.

  • 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!

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.

Did You Know?

Visitors recreating in one of the park's picnic areas

Prior to 1948, Prince William Forest Park was named Chopawamsic Recreation Demonstration Area. The name hinted at one of the park's intended uses as a source of recreational opportunities for the inner-city youth of Washington, D.C.