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Step Back in Time at Prince William Forest Park’s Heritage Festival

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Prince William Forest Park will hold its annual Heritage Festival this Saturday, September 16, from 11:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m, rain or shine. This is a fee-free event open to the public. Festival goers will enjoy demonstrations by skilled craftsmen, live music, children’s games, and more. Woodworkers, blacksmiths, and sawyers will be on hand to demonstrate their crafts, all of which were vital in the creation of the park in the 1930s.

The Early Grove String Band and the Grassland Bluegrass Band, both crowd favorites in 2016, will be returning. These dynamic entertainers set the tone of the festival with their rustic Appalachian fiddle tunes and bluegrass sounds. Younger visitors will enjoy the kids craft cabin where they can play old-timey games and make crafts to take home. Kids of all ages may also want to test their aim at the archery range and meet Smokey Bear to learn about fire safety. Many local exhibitors, including World War II military re-enactors, will also be on hand. Food and drink vendors, as well as indoor bathroom facilities, will be available.

“Heritage Festival is the park’s signature event. It’s a terrific opportunity for families to discover their close-to-home national park, and enjoy a day of outdoor music and fun,” said Chris Alford, the park’s Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services.

This event celebrates Prince William Forest Park’s unique history. The park was originally created as recreational demonstration area in the 1930s from farmland that was first cultivated in Colonial times. During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps built five rustic camps for recreational use, and during World War II, the park was used as training center for American spies.

Heritage Festival will be held at the park’s historic Cabin Camp 4. Cabin Camp 4 is located at VA 234 and Pleasant Road (16675 Pleasant Rd., Dumfries). Please visit nps.gov/prwi, facebook.com/prwinps or call (703) 221-7181 for more information.

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