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    A Retreat Fit For A President

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    A New Deal to Rebuild a Nation

    A New Deal to Rebuild a Nation

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was one of the most popular and successful programs of the New Deal. Shenandoah National Park is an excellent example of the CCC program.

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    A Retreat Fit For A President

    A Retreat Fit For A President

    Rapidan Camp, the summer retreat established by President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover during his administration is located within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park.

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Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover sitting on the porch of the Brown House at Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park.

In 1928, wanting to escape the heat and humidity of summers in Washington, D.C., Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover began looking for a "summer place" within a day's drive of the city. The Hoovers acquired land within the proposed Shenandoah National Park and built Rapidan Camp, their summer White House.