Learn about some of the fascinating stories of Prince William Forest Park. You can learn how the park was created, what was happening in and around the park during the Civil War era, and about how the forest was first turned into farms during the Colonial era.
Creating Prince William Forest Park
The shining star of the Recreation Demonstration Area was Chopawamsic - otherwise known of today as Prince William Forest Park. For almost 50 years, social welfare groups from around the Washington, DC metropolitan area came to Chopawmasic RDA to fulfill Franklin D. Roosevelt's vision.
Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area
The Recreation Demonstration Area (RDA) program began in 1933 as a comprehensive effort to alleviate the suffering brought by the Great Depression. It addressed three groups of people: struggling farmers, unemployed men, and poor children. This program also established a legacy for recreational land use in the U.S.
Last updated: October 23, 2017