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Series: Cultural Landscapes of Blue Ridge Parkway: Doughton Park

Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 469 miles from Virginia's Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in western North Carolina. The parkway was planned with recreational and scenic opportunities for early motorists, and many of these original features continue to entice travelers.

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    Chapter 1: Doughton Park Maintenance Area

    A large maintenance shed, smaller cabins, and rows of trucks are arranged across a slope.

    Doughton Park Maintenance Area is a component landscape of the Doughton Park landscape of the Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the first maintenance areas to be planned and built along the route, much of the construction was completed by CCC and WPA labor by the early 1940s. The structures are obscured from the parkway by a ravine and trees that were planted in the early 1940s. Read more

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    Chapter 2: Doughton Park Campground

    Two people, facing each other, stand at the roadside between a trailer and a 1940s-style car.

    Doughton Park Campground was one of the first developed areas to be designed and built along Blue Ridge Parkway. A component landscape of the Doughton Park cultural landscape, it contributes to the national significance of the parkway. Most construction took place during the first three periods of the park's development (1936-1955), showing the Rustic style of early development and the transitions in the following decades. It continues to be used as a campground for visitors. Read more

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    Chapter 3: Bluffs Picnic Area

    The comfort station and trail building stand at a point of prominence on the hillside.

    Bluffs Picnic Area is a component landscape within Doughton Park, on the Blue Ridge Parkway of North Carolina. As one of the first picnic areas developed along the Parkway, it exhibits characteristics of the rustic style as well as aspects of the utilitarian style that became more common on the parkway during later years of development. Read more

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    Chapter 4: Bluffs Lodge

    Black and white image of Bluffs Lodge under construction, 1949.

    The Bluffs Lodge landscape, part of the Doughton Park landscape on the Blue Ridge Parkway, was one of the first developed areas planned for the parkway. The entry road, overlook, and parking lot were built in the late 1930s, and the lodge was added ten years later. The overlook and lodge both exemplify the Rustic style. The lodge itself, however, also incorporates materials used after WWII and later trends in park development. Read more

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    Chapter 5: Brinegar Cabin

    The restored cabin has two stone chimneys, wooden siding, and a shingled roof.

    Brinegar Cabin, located in the Doughton Park developed area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, exemplifies both Blue Ridge Parkway design (1933-1987) and the vernacular architecture of nineteenth-century Appalachia (1875-1899). The homestead was established in the late 1800s. Many of its features were preserved or restored with the construction of the Parkway, when it became a pioneer farm exhibit for early motorists. Read more

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    Chapter 6: Bluffs Coffee Shop and Service Station

    People and cars gather along a paved parking area in front of a low building.

    Construction of the Bluffs Coffee Shop and Service Station began in 1937, and all major features were in place by 1949. It is a significant part of the historic development of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although the picnic site has since been abandoned, the property maintains its original association along the parkway as a place for travelers to eat and refuel. Read more