Appalachian Trail Histories


Mission Ruins

The ruins of Pocosin Mission in the Central District of Shenandoah National Park. These ruins are all that is left of the Pocosin Mission, originally known as Far Pocosan, that was built in 1902, by Frederick W. Neve as part of his plan to plant Episcopal missions along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. The original mission complex included a church/school structure and a house for the missionaries.

All that remains today are the concrete stairs leading to the church, a few bits of the church's foundations, a fallen chimney, and the ruins of the missionary's home that you see here. Following the establishment of Shenandoah National Park in 1935, structures like those at Far Pocosan were allowed to decay back into the forest.