You Can Sleep IN History In Prince William County

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Entrance To Prince William Forest Park

Of all the programs that Franklin Delano Roosevelt implemented shortly after he assumed the presidency in 1933 the two that left a great physical legacy were the Works Progress Adminiatration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Both agencies had the goal of putting a large number of unemployed to work on community infrastructure projects. The CCC recruited young men 17 to 25 years of age.

In Prince William County they were assigned the task of building Camp Chopawamsic (now Prince William Forest Park) to provide both recreational and educational opportunities for poor inner city children. Prince William Forest Park has 153 of these cabins in working order - it is the largest collection of Depression Era cabins built by the CCC in the National Park System. The original five campsites have both group and individual cabins that are available for rental by individuals and organizations. The pictures below show a cabin being built by a CCC member in 1936 and an identical cabin as it looks today.

Prince William Forest Cabins

A group of individual cabins in a campground

Prince William Forest Park Cabin Panorama

Today, Prince William Forest Park is a 15,000 acre national park with 21 miles of bike paths (12 miles paved and 9 gravel), 37 miles of hiking trails, ranger educational programs and the most beautiful natural forest you could imagine only 25 miles from the nation's capital. Oh yes, it has a lake for bass fishing.

During World War II it was a major training site for the Office of Startegic Services, the forerunner of the CIA.

More recently, we have enjoyed many camping outings at Prince William Forest Park with the BSA, Rotary groups and church groups. It is "The Great Escape" only 30 minutes from our home. Pictured below is a group cabin on the left and a dining hall on the right.

Prince William Forest Group Cabin and Dining HallThe cabins can only be rented for a short period. If you like the area you may want to look at some of the communities where long term arrangements can be made and then give the Kruschka Team a call at 703-499-9279 to get together and look at houses. Lake Ridge, Westridge, Old Bridge Estates, Brittany, Montclair, Ashland and Port Potomac

You may also want check out Commuting options for residents of Prince William County



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Interesting!   (I'm a history buff...enjoyed your post!).

Feb 28, 2011 05:41 AM #1
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Lee  I'm glad you enjoyed it

Feb 28, 2011 11:30 AM #2
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Karen, you live is such a great area to be able to see all the great history of the country.  I loved touring Virginia when we lived there. 

Feb 28, 2011 03:10 PM #3
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Karen, this is very interesting especially the part about the OSS training on the grounds.  The CCC constructed a lodge and built seveal trails in my favorite state park in Indiana during The Great Depression.  You have an historical treasure there at Prince William Forest Park! 

Feb 28, 2011 03:27 PM #4
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Kay  It is loaded with things to do and places to visit

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Bruce  There are many of them around the country - it's just stat Prince William Forest Park has the most

Feb 28, 2011 09:16 PM #6
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Interesting local history. Thanks for the lesson!

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Mar 01, 2011 02:39 AM #7
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Roy  You are very welcome

Mar 01, 2011 05:22 AM #8
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Karen, this is a excellent post illustrating your local area....I love the historical angle.

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Karen--Prince William Forest Park in Prince William County VA looks like such a neat retreat---and with a history too!  Wish I had something like this 1/2 hour from my house!

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Karen thanks for sharing this bit of history.  FDR certainly left his mark all over.   I am very familar with some of the things he did especially since his home is in my market.

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Larry  Thank you ever so much

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Pat We can solve that - move to Prince William County  :)

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Jennifer  The WPA and CCC were not typical welfare - people worked for the money

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The history is cool and what's even cooler is that you can sleep in the history!  What fun! (I am a camper can you tell?)

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Renee I wouldn't have guessed  :)

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