|The boys lumber down the fire road towards Pocosin Mission|
|The boys eagerly approach the ruins|
The kids always enjoy looking for the colored blazes which mark the trail. They also enjoyed looking for scat and tracks - and there were plenty of each for them to identify!
Once the mission came into view, they really began to get excited.
Our only disappointment was that we didn't have more time, because the trail continues past the ruins on down to South River Falls and we all wanted to go!
|Bo explores the ruins of the cabin at the old Pocosin Mission|
There is quite a bit of rusted metal and broken glass around the cabin, so if you were to venture out with small children you would want to watch them very closely or carry them around the ruins.
|The remains of the cabin at the old Pososin Mission|
Across the trail from the mission is an old cemetery, which would have been almost impossible to find had the leaves not fallen. Unmarked headstones are the only indication of the those whose bodies lie there.
|The boys and Aunt Ginny on the front steps of the old Pocosin Mission house|
I couldn't dig up much information on the history of the place; it leaves me wondering what it must have been like and why it was abandoned. I wonder how many group portraits were taken on these same front steps while the building was standing. It would be really neat to find a photo in a history book that covers our local area.
|The boys and I inside the old Pocosin Mission house - near the remains of the stone wall and an old doorway|
The boys commented that when I'm with Aunt Ginny I laugh a lot - I replied that when I'm with just about anyone on Nana's side of the family I laugh a lot. There's something delightfully contagious about it, and for some reason that's just what we do! (I'm not sure if their comment indicates that I laugh too much in the company of my mother and her family, or that I don't laugh enough at home. LOL)
If you live in or visit the Shenandoah Valley, I strongly recommend visiting Skyline Drive - it's worth it just about any time of the year. Just gorgeous. The Pocosin Mission Trail isn't a very scenic hike as the trail is very wooded, but if you enjoy visiting historic sites as much as we do, you will certainly enjoy this glimpse back in time. You can download maps of other hikes on Skyline here, or read reviews and directions for this and many other Virginia hikes here.