• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park


    National Park Virginia

A Nation in Distress



Journaling Jumpstarts

  1. Imagine that your parents do not have enough money to feed and clothe everyone in your family. Would you work to help out? Why or why not?

  2. If so, how would you find work and what would you be willing to do? How much would you expect to be paid and what percent of the money you make would you keep for yourself?

  3. Make a list of pros and cons for your decisions.

The 1930s seems like a long time ago. What else was happening during that time? Let's put it all in context. Click here for an interactive timeline.

Did You Know?

A 1930s photo showing heavy equipment being used to construct an overlook on Skyline Drive.

Construction of Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive began in July 1931 on an acquired 100-foot right-of-way through privately owned land. The park was not established until four-and-a-half years later. More...