ODL celebrates Black History Month

The Outdoor Lab Board and Staff celebrate Black History Month throughout February and the entire year.

Last year we launched our Cultural History Project to research, document, and share the stories of ALL the families who called the Pond and Biscuit mountain gap home.  We continue to research African American families who worked and lived on Outdoor Lab and adjacent properties through Deeds and Census records.

On a visit to the Afro-American History Association of Fauquier County, Outdoor Lab staff learned that part of the Underground Railroad went through our property.  The oral history was that enslaved people escaping through Fauquier were told “Follow the Pine/Pond Mountains” to freedom.  The map shows the path along the Bull Run Mountains (of which our Pond and Biscuit are a part) to safety with Quaker supporters in Waterford.

We continue to partner with other researchers, families and organizations as we progress with the Cultural History Project.  Please check back to see our progress.  If you have an interest in helping please contact president@outdoorlab.org.