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Feb 28th, 2018 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In case anybody is interested, here's a 4.1 mile bushwhack I did yesterday to the ruins of the Prince William County Poorhouse. This Poorhouse was operated from 1794 - 1927. After that it was shut down and another, called the District Home (in Manassas) was opened. This place is located in what's now the Prince William National Forest, near Quantico, VA.

The only thing I was able to find was the cemetery, which has nothing more than some pieces of fieldstone stuck in the ground to mark graves.

It was a good hike to practice hiking on compass bearing as there are no real landmarks or topo features you can use for navigation. I took my GPS too, so I could cheat :)

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(This message was last edited by ECS-3 at 10:57 AM, Feb 28th, 2018)

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Feb 28th, 2018 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Up in PA they were called Almshouse.

Jake
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Feb 28th, 2018 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I camped at the camp ground in that park, and the nearby streams have some gold.

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Feb 28th, 2018 11:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Jake,
Yes a bit north of the Poorhouse was the Greenwood Gold mine along the north fork of Quantico Creek.
I hiked there a few years ago, maybe I can find some vid or pics. I hiked to the mine and of course it's closed and the mine shaft is sealed now.

Between the gold mine and those pyrite mines further south, Quantico Creek was severely polluted for decades with mercury. It's cleaned up now though.

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Feb 28th, 2018 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's got a rusty color in places with all the sulfides.

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