Poor Farm Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The site of a Civil War battle between May 23 and 26, 1864, this park retains well-preserved earthworks. Ten interpretive signs along what was once Ox Road recount the battle. Under the command of Robert E. Lee, who was ill during the battle, Confederate troops halted the Union advance but failed to give chase, thereby allowing the Union to regroup and move toward Richmond.
It may have made a poor farmstead, but the land along Stagg Creek, about 4 miles west of Ashland, makes a fine Hanover County park. No doubt plowing the steep terrain that rises east from the creek would be difficult, especially using traditional methods. But the county found the hillside ideal for the construction of an amphitheater nestled into the surrounding hardwood forest."