Bridle Lake Property
Bridle Lake Property consists of 4 lots containing about 5 acres, 11 acres, 14 acres and 186 acres for a total of about 216 acres. It contains about 100 acres of woodland, a 13 acre lake and about 100 acres of fields. The property also has extensive wetland areas. Located in the southeast section of Stafford County near the intersection of Caisson Road and Hollywood Farm Road, the property is currently planned for development of 56 housing lots. The gift of easement will result in a total of 4 lots.
The property contains a forestry management plan to protect the hardwood and Virginia pine forest that exist on the property. The easement will also protect the wetland that boarders the lake. There are at least three separate streams and springs supplying water to the lake. The streams and springs contain significant wetlands which will be protected through the easement. These surface waterways drain into the Rappahannock River and then into the Chesapeake Bay.
The historic value of the property is most clearly associated with the Civil War. It is along the Caisson Road that the Army of the Potomac moved on Fredericksburg in the winter of 1862-63. The Union Army camped in the area, most notably at White Oak Church which is about one mile west of the property. The current owners have found Civil War bullets on the property. It's historic and scenic value is increased by "The Army of the Potomac in Stafford County 1862-1863: A Driving Tour." The tour brings one to the corner of Caisson Road and Hollywood Farm Road and tells the driver of the Union encampments at White Oak Chapel and at the nearby Hollywood Farm. The preserved lands will be visible from the travel route of the tour.
Another scenic attribute to the Bridle Lake easement is the intention to keep the lake open to the adjoining property owners for fishing, boating, and walking. A walking path has already been established around the lake.