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About the Refuge

Featherstone in winter - Bill Wallen.

Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge consists of 325 acres of woodland and freshwater tidal marsh. It lies along the northern shore and mouth of Neabsco Creek and north around Featherstone Point along Occoquan Bay. It is located approximately 4 miles southwest of Mason Neck Refuge, and 22 miles from Washington, D.C. in Prince William County, Virginia. Potomac River Refuge Complex staff is responsible for its management. Featherstone Refuge was established with the purpose to protect the features of a contiguous wetlands area.

In 1970, 164 acres of land was acquired by the Department of the Interior “to protect the features of a contiguous wetland area.” It was not until 1979 that the Service acquired land to establish Featherstone Refuge from the District of Columbia. The refuge then consisted of 164 acres of land along Farm Creek in eastern Prince William County. An additional 161 acres of land were acquired for the refuge with a donation from Prince William County in 1992. Elizabeth Hartwell, a noted conservationist in the region, was also instrumental in the establishment of Featherstone Refuge, along with Mason Neck Refuge and Mason Neck State Park.

Contact Us

Refuge Headquarters Staff Office
12638 Darby Brooke Ct.
Woodbridge, VA 22192
(703) 490-4979
potomacriverrefuges@fws.gov 

Page Photo Credits — Featherstone in winter - Bill Wallen.
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2013
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