Civilian Conservation Corps Reunion
The Civilian Conservation Corps was established in 1933 as a work relief program, putting young men to work in Federal and State lands during the Great Depression.CCC camps were first established at Skyland (NP-1) and Big Meadows (NP-2) in May 1933, and from 1933 to 1942 the park supervised the work of 11 CCC camps.The Skyland and Big Meadows Camps were the first in the National Park Service and were visited by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in August 1933. During the course of the New Deal program over 1,200 "boys" a year worked to build facilities and create the landscape of the park. The park we see today would not exist without the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The public is invited to meet with families and Alumni of the Civilian Conservation Corps and hear first-hand about their experiences. Alumni reunion events will take place at the Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51 Skyline Drive). Visitors wishing to learn more about the CCC should 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.Visitors can also view a free film, "The CCC Boys." Learn more about the CCC in Shenandoah.
Entrance fees to Shenandoah National Park will be waived on September 22, 2018 in celebration of National Public Lands Day.
2018 CCC Reunion Agenda
BreakfastOn your own.
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.Meet in the Massanutten Room in Big Meadows Lodge. Social time for CCC Reunion alumni to meet with friends, family, and visitors. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.Greetings and remarks from the Park.
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.CCC Education Program Presentation.
11:30 - 12:00 p.m.Continue visiting with CCC Reunion alumni, family, and visitors in the Mountain Room.
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch available in the Big Meadows Dinging Room. CCC alumni will be provided with a complementary lunch coupon, donated by the Shenandoah National Park Association.
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.A field trip will be determined on the day of the reunion depending on weather.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.Dan Herney, music, including songs from the 1930s and 1940s in the Mountain Room.
4:30 p.m.The Reunion is officially over for the day. CCC, wives, and guests will be on their own. Dinner is available in the Park at Skyland, Big Meadows Lodge, and Big Meadows Wayside.
Note: The taprooms at skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge are open from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for beverages and snacks. Musical entertainment begins at 9:00 p.m.
Last updated: September 27, 2018