May 092021
 

Contact for more readable version with images. Contact info is:

Email to: [email protected] for detailed information sheet. 804-502-4468
Thanks, Mike

SUBJECT: This is a roughly drafted “Information Sheet” about the “prepper’s cookout” in Goochland County, Virginia from Wednesday June 23 to Friday June 25.
Dates of the event at Groundhog Flats (20 miles West of Richmond Va.)
The actual day of the event is Thursday June 24. Any attendee can arrive and can depart on that day, June 24th. But the place will be open and overnight accommodations provided on Wed. night June 23 and Thurs night June 24th. Friday the 25th will also be available to continue any of the activities before departing by end of the day Friday June 25. (Some attendees might be heading next up next to the Polyface Farm event near Staunton Va., which is about 1.5 hours away going West on Route 64 towards Charlottesville).
So the main day is Thursday but you can make your plans any way you want, whatever is convenient for you, to enjoy the sights and camp-out from Wednesday June 23 through Friday June 24 and any times in-between. Such as to arrive on Wednesday and not to depart until Friday. Or arrive and depart on Thursday. Or arrive Wednesday afternoon and depart Thursday evening. You get the idea. The schedule at the Virginia site is flexible for you and the site will be open Wednesday through Friday.

Location:
The location is about 20 miles West of Richmond, Va., just across the Goochland County line in an area known as Manakin-Sabot (“Manakin”). Manakin is mostly rural and farmland, although in the past 10-20 years metro Richmond has been moving Westward and developments are springing up almost every month it seems. Still at the location of this Prepper’s site, the neighbors are a large expanse of farmland, usually corn and other crops rotated during the season. In the other direction is a large pasture of cows, who at times remind you at night that they still have grazing rights with their “mooing”.

The location is known as “Groundhog Flats”, part of what was a large pig and dairy farm started at the turn of the century and into the 1900s. This was the only place in the area, surrounded by woods, but this past year 3 other houses were built in areas carved into the woods on the same cul de sac.
The property consists of the main farmhouse on 3 cleared acres, with 14 shed type outbuildings, two rows of what used to be chicken and pig stalls, a pump house building (no longer used) and a smokehouse where the pigs were hung. The farmhouse built in 1896 and its heating system is still 3 fireplaces. A property manager does live on-site, but no one is currently living in the farmhouse while it is undergoing a (slow) restoration.
Legend has it (as told by a longtime family living in the area for ages), that a large oak tree…. still standing near the house …. was the centerpiece of a Confederate campsite during the Civil War. This was one outpost of sites defending the City of Richmond, 20 miles away. If true, one of the campfires at this June’s event can be celebrated as the renewal of a Confederate campfire 150 years ago.
In short, there is lots of open space with a decent amount of isolation. So the music can be cranked up and the partying and activities of choice can be carried on in a mostly rural farmland environment.

The location is ideal for our group because it is “out of the way”, many woods and farm fields all around, and you can do pretty much whatever you want without being disturbed.

What to expect……
Some canopies and tents will have been put up. Cots, sleeping bags, makeshift beds, maybe on the ground, and whatever else we come up with to make sure you have a comfortable sleep. But this will be rustic. No Hilton Inn here. Although yes, a modern day bathroom will be available. At least one campfire, with marshmallows and hot dogs for those who want to relive their boy scout days, and a small fish pond where about 15 good size outdoor gold fish call home. Some lanterns and string lights strung around, so we will not be in total darkness.
Educational subject matter
There will be at least 4 good size solar panels around for experimentation and making connections, with examples of powering survivalist equipment (making coffee; powering makeshift communication systems; lighting).
A brief description of some topics and subject matter to be covered in presentations will be sent out at a time in June closer to the dates of the event.
Input from attendees is invited and welcomed on any subject you would like to (1) make a presentation on, or (2) hear someone else give information on it. Input about any topics that you’d like to cover when there would be helpful. With such a diverse group, even though having the common ground of a “prepper spirit”, we would like input in advance of any subject to be discussed or demonstrated. This way it might be possible to bring in someone with specific expertise in that area, so that is why any input of this type we’d like to get in advance.

Otherwise, even without any specifics, this will be a great gathering place of like-minded people enjoying casual time outdoors. The discussions in such a relaxing and casual environment over lead to things that we can pursue and exchange thoughts on well after this is over and we are back in our home territory.

Grills, Drinks and Food
Of course, there will be multiple grills fired up; Virginia Bar-B-Q, hamburgers and all the dressings; and coolers packed with ice and your favorite beer and wine refreshments. We ask that you bring you own as much as possible as this is not a money making event. The property owner is not able to offer an unlimited amount of free refreshments and meals. Nonetheless, we will try to accommodate as much as possible. Plus there is a grocery store (and a Dollar General and other friendly stores) just 2 miles away, so you do not have to lug food and drinks during your drive or other travel in getting here. You can pick up whatever you want from the local stores when you get here and as your appetites click in.
In other words, plan on buying nearby what you need when you get here, and then be surprised when you are able to get more freebies at the event itself.
Contact information
As property owner and welcoming host, I live in Richmond and my name and cell phone are: Michael Morrissey: 804-502-4468. Email is: [email protected] You can contact me about any concerns, questions, new thoughts (always want that) and anything else. The address in Manakin-Sabot, Va. 23103 will be given at the time each attendee registers.
Since we all like to know a little about the people we will be camping with, I add this brief personal information. I developed an interest in the prepper technologies from my close friend Marvin Motsenbocker, who will be a presenter at the event coming here from Japan. We both met from common work in the patent law field in Wash DC. My past work has been in electrical engineering (B.S.) and law (J.D.). I was an Examiner at the US Patent & Trademark Office, did Defense Dept work for government agencies, and now enjoy applying new technologies to come up with useful devices/products/systems.

Major drive routes nearby
Route 95 brings you into Richmond from the North or South, and Route 64 goes West out to Groundhog Flats and beyond…. about 50 miles more to Charlottesville, Va.
RSVP REQUIRED
This is necessary in order to keep track of things and of people. No one will be admitted who has not registered in advance. In other words, no strangers will be allowed on the property. A stranger is anyone who is not on the list of registered attendees.
Registration here consists simple of you emailing me that you plan to attend and receiving from me a reply email that welcomes you to attend. If you can give the dates of your arrival and departure that will help in planning for your overnight accommodations. Last minute adjustments to the actual dates are no problem. We just want to have an extra pillow for you at night instead of a log for your head.

Hope to see ‘ya at Groundhog Flats in June!

Mar 062021
 

Our area now has a new prepper group that started 4 March 21.

We have objectives such as 2 broad fields of discussion and development: health care and machinery ranging from batteries to windmills.

Quarantine restrictions governing, we initiated a visit to a well established prepper group.

Already volunteered to help state’s vaccination program.

At meeting, distributed mental health awareness publication.

We are governed by the FEMA doctrine “Prepare for realistic, worst case scenerios”.

 Posted by at 1:08 am
Jun 042020
 

I’m Looking for other preppers out there in the Bealeton, VA.  and surrounding areas who are thinking about, or are wanting to join a group.  Times are getting crazy, it is more imperative now then ever before to prepare…. This Corona Virus fiasco is proof of that.  We are seeing more and more unrest in our cities and towns… riots, destruction..  Don’t wait for something to happen to start prepping, start now, be ready, be part of a group of like minded people who you can count on.  Strength in numbers.  Don’t go it alone.

If you’re interested, lets talk at least… email me at:  [email protected]

Apr 172020
 

I’m in the Bealeton, Va. area and I’m interested in forming a group of like minded people.   I have been prepping for a while and would like to talk to anyone who is concerned with current events and the very real possibilities of something worse happening down the road and become more prepared for when it does happen.

Shoot me a note at [email protected] and lets get a dialog going.

Oct 152019
 

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Hi Everyone, I have an underground welded steel bomb shelter that has flooded and is in need of repairs. Does anyone know of an individual or company in the Northern Virginia area qualified to take on repairs to a flooded shelter? Thanks in advance for your help!

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Jul 292019
 

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o Established mutually supporting preparedness group with developed bug out location seeking families and/or single professionals of like mind interested in being prepared to confront a wide variety of realistic possible events that could cause significant economic and social disruption in this area.
o We are seeking adult members 18 to 65 years old (no age requirement for children) in good health, moderately physically fit (willingness to be candid about health if there are concerns). Prospective applicants should not have a criminal record.
o Currently all members are located in the Northern Virginia area, Fairfax-Winchester corridor. We want in prospective members a willingness to be part of a mutually supporting team. A willingness to devote time and resources to the group and group activities. Some financial flexibility to contribute to infrastructure at the bug-out location. Most importantly, good people and families willing to help one another that are concerned about realistic regional scenarios.
o If you are interested and feel that you meet the above prerequisites please email us at [email protected] We will respond promptly and begin an email exchange. If we feel you and your family are a good fit for our group we will progress to phone conversations. Then in person meetings. Further details will be worked out in the email exchange.

Jul 092019
 

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Multiple family prepper group looking for interested members.  We are NOT anti Govt and believe in the Constitution.  We currently have two stocked Bugout locations and are looking for like minded members.  If interested please email [email protected]

May 082019
 

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Estabished group based out of northen VA looking for a nurse or doctor to join our group.

We have been an established group over 7 years now.  We have multiple families and two stocked bugouts.

We are not a militia or anti Govt group.  Please email us at [email protected] for further information

Nov 042018
 

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Any fellow preppers or groups looking for others that are well prepared with much to bring to the table, specifically in Highland County, VA?

Sep 162018
 

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I am trying to start a group of like minded people that if shit ever hit the fan, would bug out to a location that the group would know. I can be contacted at, [email protected] the group is for people in the Williamsburg/Richmond area. Background checks will be conducted, all ages and walks of life are welcomed. If you have any special skills please feel free to mention them in Ur email.

I look forward to hearing from you!!!

Sep 052018
 

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After a recent accident we know we are no where near prepared for what is to come. Looking for others that can teach us the prepping ways from the Tri-City area of Northeast Tn/ Southwest Va. if that’s you and you can help us please contact us. Thanks in advance.

Aug 082018
 

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Established mutually supporting preparedness group with developing bug out location seeking families and/or single professionals of like mind interested in being prepared to confront a wide variety of realistic possible events that could cause significant economic and social disruption in DC metropolitan area.

We are seeking adult members 18 to 65 years old (no age requirement for children) in good health, moderately physically fit (willingness to be candid about health if there are concerns). Prospective applicants should not have a criminal record.

Currently all members are prior military and/or civil service, are located in DC Metropolitan Area. In the interest of expanding our existing dynamic, we want in prospective members a willingness to be part of a mutually supporting group of friendly, like minded individuals and families. A willingness to devote time and resources to the group and group activities. Some financial flexibility to contribute to the bug-out location. Most importantly, good people and families willing to help one another that are concerned about realistic regional scenarios.

If you are interested and feel that you meet the above prerequisites please email us at [email protected] This email address is a forwarding email service. We use an encrypted proton email account which you will receive a response email from. We will respond promptly and begin an email exchange with you. If we feel you and your family are a good fit for our group, we will progress to phone conversations, then to in person meetings. Further details will be worked out in the email exchange. This is a two-way interview process. You need to assess if we are good fit for you and your family as much as we need to assess if you are a fit for us. While this interview process goes both ways, we are being intentionally selective. Our bug out location does not have infinite capacity so we must focus on those people willing to invest their time and effort in it and the group. Please note, while financial flexibility is a consideration, we are more interested in what prospective members can bring to the group in verifiable skills, knowledge and experience. All prospective members/families will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

Be advised; We are not a militia. We are not a religious organization.

 

Mar 292018
 

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Revised—

WHO WE ARE-

We are a family of four.  I am 37 yr old male, my wife is 36 and we have two sons 14 / 7.  I own a construction company in Maine and will be semi retiring within the next year, maybe two if I can stand it.  I am very skilled at many jack of all trades things.  I know that doesn’t put me at the top of most lists of skill sets needed so I will list some of what I have done.

Rebuild 1970 backhoe / Build my high end custom off grid house / built my barn, mini barn, shelter, septic, 1,000ft driveway, clearing for house / Spent last 10 years living completely off grid with solar (I am poor in the electrical skills department) / Built my construction company from scratch to be able to retire by age 38 / I train with my firearms and tac gear, currently hiring pro trainer for private lessons.

While this is not a list of my skills, it is a list of things I have accomplished with skills I have and have acquired.  My main focus now on skill building is with tactical firearms training which I am doing every month and on the side at my personal range.  I am also use to extremely high stress environments due to doing construction for 15 years.  My wife has pioneer skills like making bone broth on our wood stove and sewing, natural medicine, soap making, excellent garden skills, and is great at animal husbandry.  She does everything for vet work with our goats including giving them shots, and giving birth to their kids.  We raise goats, rabbits, and chickens. All by her initiative and I essentially am her farm hand.  My two sons are home schooled.  (by my wife) They are typical children.  Though they do help us daily with chores and are not completely ruined by the school system.

We live in Maine.  You could learn a bit about me by looking up some of my Maine posts.  (Maine retreat post deleted.) We currently have a retreat.  Probably one of the better locations as we are a mile down a dirt road off grid surrounded by 3,000 acres.  We have lived here for 10 years and built the place from scratch.  I am strongly considering a move to WV.  My reasoning behind this is due to a few different things.  I don’t really like the idea of harsh winters for a SHTF situation.  It is not good for long term survival and patrol defense.  Also we have a poor water issue here at my retreat.  Another reason why I would leave is because I struggle with winter blues and would like to find somewhere that has more of a mild winter with temps in the 40’s and 50’s like I see in WV.  Also I have sought and sought to build a dedicated group here and no one has had any interest in joining.  So I am at the point where in approx 1 year I will be able to financially uproot.  I post this now at this time because it would be good to build a relationship with a new group now and strongly work towards this as I assume that this is going to take some time.  Not that I am trying to drag this out.

Our preps are complete for the most part to a high standard.  Our list of supplies would far exceed 90% of most.  The best way that I can say this is that we are 1 family and have essentially prepared for a small group due to no one joining us I have laid up for my neighbors without them knowing as I just did not have another solution.  If you seem like a good fit for us I will gladly share more info on this sensitive topic, but just know that our preps will exceed your expectations.   We even have an “ace card” that would help to financially take care of us and a whole group for lifes basic needs in the event of a collapsed economy as long as there is still some kind of commerce and shipping even if the cost of everything is inflated by a dollar collapse.  No mooch’s please we are not rich. Just have an investment that is not subject to dollar or stock crash.

We are christians.  I have been a believer in Jesus for 19 years.  I have a mixed doctrinal back ground, but am very solid and not full of wacky teachings.  My wife has been a christian for 14 years.  We would like to find more fellowship where we move as the church here is pretty much just an in and out non participant entertainment atmosphere.  I can get along with brothers from most denominational back grounds as long as their beliefs are not cultic or new age like.  If there is something that we don’t agree on I am humble and still able to get along as long as it is not related to salvation or who Jesus is which I have conservative / early christian roots regarding.  I do love to converse about many different biblical topics though.

Although I am not fond of the current state of our country, (quite embarrassed actually) I am a patriot and believe in the constitution of the united states.

Our health overall is good.  I could use some jogging, although I am physically fit from doing farm work and construction work for years.  I am not over weight.  Essentially can not put on weight as I could use to gain a few pounds in the Maine winters.  My sons are typical healthy children.  My wife overall is not unhealthy, but she does have limes. (from a tick bite) She has been doing some super cleansing and major dietary work with some natural health physicians to flush out the lime.  In less than 4 months it has been working showing night and day improvement.  So all and all this is not an issue.  Just want to be upfront about it.

WHAT WE SEEK-

We seek a well established small/medium sized group.  We would really prefer the people of this group to have christian background and beliefs and good moral ethics.  I am hoping that in the group some of the skill sets would be some military and leo and medic skills.  The groups retreat should have extremely ideal defensive location well away from big cities.  I would not want to be taking a step back in the quality of what we have for a location at my current home. Group must have 1-3 years supplies for all members and be getting together on a regular basis to train.  Must be in a similar position of your preps as I am or we would not be a good fit.  I am not supplying a group although I am not selfish either and realize that we all come together on this and form a group with some who have strengths in other areas.  Not a group with just an informal bug out plan of a few families with no organization or forward moving goals.   Ideally the members of this group would be close in friendship and like a small family.  I am only interested in groups where every member is like minded and active in some way within the group.  I am not interested in groups that just invite anyone.  I would hope that you would be very careful in your selection of people to join as this is not a free for all type of thing that anyone even reading on this forum should be like even though I see some of that here.  I realize how hard it is to find people who are trust worthy and also have skills and motivation/ability to prep.   It would be preferred if there were some kind of pre-established bylaws for times of peace and post shtf.  Also we would be of the mindset that it would be necessary to store the majority of our preps at the retreat as moving them after an EMP event would not be desirable if possible.  Being from the other side of the fence when it comes to owning a retreat we see the necessity of these things and even though we don’t have them established here it is something we desire and see would only help for smooth operation.  All of what belongs to us will be labeled so that it is easy to identify in the event of a future move although that is not what I am interested in.   I want to do this right and don’t have time for a mistake here.  We do not want anyone who is affiliated with any racist, cult, or anti government type groups.  Also even though I would like it if there is military / leo skills within the group I am not looking for a militia type group, though I do think it is extremely important that we train as a group for patrol/security. I think that it is extremely important that there is a multi leadership and not a single commanding king withing the group.  Although I do realize that in many cases executive decisions will need to be made.  Jonathan Hollerman’s books talk a lot about this.

WHAT WE BRING-

(Actually SOME of what we bring, as I would never list it all on here.  I only write this so that you can make a judgement to the level of our preps.  The things that I write should let you know where we are at.)

Two EMP proof vehicles diesel and gas. Foot powered grain thresher. Deep well hand pump. Shallow well pump.  5 dakota alerts. 1,000 jars with ten x times that in lids.  Diesel generator.  Diesel fuel trailer.  Retreat size supply of medical items.  Retreat size supply of many other things I feel I should probably not mention here, I am speaking about the core essentials.  We also have 15 goats and half a dozen meat rabbits we would want to bring. At least some of the goats.  Storage for all of these items could be an issue.  Some of it can go in a conex box and some would need to have stabilized temps. We would also bring my skid steer and all of the attachments- in new condition.  And could bring my old backhoe if there wasn’t a machine to dig on site. And the list goes on.

MY PLAN-

My plan is to continue to do what I am doing and prep where I am.  I am going to continue to run my company in order to bring in enough cash flow to buy a house and make the expensive move and also to have enough to start another business when I get to a new location.  By the time that I move I will not have to work, but I think it would be irresponsible and lazy being only 38 or 39 to completely retire.  I will try to make a business that would benefit our preps in some way.

Let me know if we seem like a good fit and we can consider the same and if all works out we can begin to entertain the possibility of making a move in the upcoming year.

PM me and leave an email on the private message. I will then email you from my email.

ADDENDUM-

At this time we have not joined a group and would also be interested in single families.  We are currently seeking to buy a large piece of property this summer in Southern WV to begin to build our retreat location.  So if you are interested in starting something small with us from the ground up then please contact me and if it is a good fit for both of us then perhaps we can move forward.

 

Mar 182018
 

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Seeking to form—Small Christ centered conservative preparedness group of like minded individuals / families.

We are seeking only 3-5 couples or families to join together ahead of time to prepare a small group and land before a collapse.  

The type of people / families that we would like to find can be from anywhere in the USA and be willing to move in the next year to begin to build the retreat.  All must be firm Christians with a solid scriptural foundation and like minded to some degree. As families begin to join one another then bylaws will be created with all adults working together to form a Christ centered and constitutional view.  In other words we are all equals in this. Very specific requirements for supplies of food, gear, seeds, and essentials will be made. A higher goal than most of 3-5 years of the above would be on my list for all to obtain. 1 year as an initial in order to be considered.  Must be living a life free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and {sin to the best of your ability}. My goal here is not to be a lord / ruler, but to be a band of brothers helping each other and being more of a small tight knit family. All must be able to work together and not be the types that try to control and make everyone do what they see best.  That may even be of utmost importance for success in this.

Currently we are shopping for 100+ acres of land in some strategic locations with the following characteristics- Mountainous or hill country area that is defensive.  Region with mild winters. Land that is good for farming with surrounding population of people that farm.  As low as possible of a population with no large cities anywhere nearby and away from smaller cities. Must have good quality year round water source on site. Away from major roads. Ect. With that said we do have some areas in mind but are also willing to work with others if they want to help with choosing the area with all that goes into such a strategy.  When it comes to buying the land this could be done in different ways and it is something that we can work out. We are buying land anyways regardless if we find someone here unlike some who are looking for others to fund their mission of buying land or building a bunker ect.  Most important skills for a collapse would be farming, defense / real military operator skills that only 10% of those in the military have, and emergency medical care (not your typical family doc stuff).  Other important skills but lesser on the list would be JOAT’s, carpentry, electrical, communications, mechanical, and macgyver types who can rig anything from a pile of junk.
If what I have said here fits who you are and makes you want to know more please PM me.