About This Lesson
This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration files, "Camp Misty Mount Historic District" (with photographs) and "Emergency Conservation Work (ECW) Architecture at Catoctin Mountain Park," and records in the archives of Catoctin Mountain Park. It was written by Debra Mills, a Park Ranger at Catoctin Mountain Park. TwHP is sponsored, in part, by the Cultural Resources Training Initiative and Parks as Classrooms programs of the National Park Service. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into the classrooms across the country.
Where it fits into the curriculum
Topics: The lesson could be used in units on the growth of industry in colonial America, on job programs of the Depression, or in a course examining the importance of resource conservation. Students will strengthen their skills of observation, research, and analysis of a variety of sources.
Time period: Early 20th century
Relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12
Relevant Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
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Objectives for students
1) To explain the important role that forests can play in a local economy.
2) To outline the tasks completed at Misty Mount by the Works Progress Administration work force and explain why this government program had both local and national significance.
3) To describe the concept of rustic architecture and explain why the style was so well suited for the construction of Campy Misty Mount.
4) To compare the use of natural resources in the Catoctin Mountain area with the use of natural resources in their own region.
Materials for students
The materials listed below either can be used directly on the computer or can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students. The maps and images appear twice: in a low-resolution version with associated questions and alone in a larger, high-resolution version.
1) one map showing the main routes to the Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area in the 1930s;
2) two readings demonstrating the changing uses of Catoctin Mountain Forests and the construction of Camp Misty Mount;
3) one document showing an estimation of labor and materials for camp buildings;
4) four photographs of rustic architecture and views of the forest;
5) one drawing of Camp Misty Mount.
Visiting the site
Camp Misty Mount is part of the National Park Service’s Catoctin Mountain Park, located three miles west of Thurmont, Maryland, on state route 77. The park is open year-round during daylight hours. The visitor center is open daily from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with extended hours on weekends. Camp Misty Mount is available for individual cabin rental from April 15 through the end of October. (The general public is excluded from the camp to assure the privacy and security of the cabin occupants.) For more information, write to the Superintendent, Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont, MD 21788 or visit the park Web pages.