Poor Farm Park

Photo Credit: Ryan Abrahamsen
   

The 254-acre Poor Farm Park has three picnic shelters, nature trails, a tot-lot, horseshoe pits, beach volleyball courts, lighted soccer fields, an amphitheater, open play areas, a seasonal concession stand with restrooms, two lighted softball fields, two lighted baseball fields, and a football field. Events at the park include the Easter Egg Hunt and the Patrick Henry Half-Marathon.

There are over 10 miles of trails in Poor Farm open to runners, hikers and mountain bikers. The trails through a lovely hardwood forest are rooty and rocky and steep in places. There are a few crossings over Stagg Creek. Click here for the trail map from www.gpstrailsource.com.

History:
Beginning in the 1900’s this “Poor Farm” was used to take care of those in need around the area. Various families over the years were hired by the County to care for those staying on the farm. Familes staying at the farm were given three meals a day and would participate in daily chores on the farm. After funding for this project was cut, the families moved away and the property was rented. After years of nonuse, the house became dilapiated and in the early Seventies was used as a fire training exercise. None of the other buildings remain standing.

 

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