History of the Former Lorton Prison

prison_old_picAt the beginning of the 20th Century, President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned the purchase of a large tract of land in Virginia for the creation of a workhouse for Washington, DC’s non-violent criminals. Roosevelt’s progressive era vision was to provide prisoners with fresh air, natural light and structured, purposeful work as the basis for their rehabilitation.Agricultural operations began at the Workhouse in 1912 and the prisoners created a brick plant where they produced bricks to construct the permanent buildings.


How You Can Help

The Laurel Hill Equestrian Center is a unique public/private funding venture between Fairfax County Parks and local horse groups.

You can help make the Center a reality with a donation. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made through the Clifton Horse Society and Fairfax4Horses. Both are 501c3 charitable organizations.

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