Shenandoah National Park will be hosting the 80th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Alumni Reunion.The public is invited to meet with Alumni and hear firsthand about their experiences.
There are multiple ways to learn more about the CCC and Shenandoah
Stop by the Byrd Visitor Center and explore the highly interactive exhibit, "Within a Day's Drive of Millions." This exhibit tells the story of Shenandoah's establishment and development including the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Also at Byrd Visitor Center, view a free film entitled, "The CCC Boys."
Explore the site of NP-2, the second camp established in Shenandoah in Big Meadows, mile 51. Archeology revealed the locations of the buildings and the park installed interpretive panels with historic photos at each building site. The "company streets" have been mowed while the "buildings" have been allowed to grow up, giving visitors a visual representation of the buildings.
Entrance fees to Shenandoah National Park will be waived on September 29 in celebration of National Public Lands Day.
Did You Know?
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.