Prince William Forest Park is a wonderful refuge in northern Virginia I have visited many times. It contains the largest preserved portion of Piedmont Plateau forest in the NPS. The visitor center is housed in a wonderful old wooden building and inside a history is revealed.
During the Great Depression the government put many young unemployed men to work in the Civilian Conservation Corp. This park became part of the NPS in 1936 and until about 1941 the men of the CCC built roads, bridges, trails, and cabins, not only in this park but many parks across the country. The CCC men were most proud of their cabins which are in a distinctive style meant to evoke our pioneer ancestors. The construction was so good that cabins are available for rent today. The CCC men built 5 cabin camps - this photo was taken in camp #3.
This essay is not about volunteer work I have done but about a group of men who made a lasting imprint on our national parks. Americans and foreigners alike are drawn to these old buildings and the CCC roads and trails still give the public access to inner recesses of many of our parks.
It is important to remember in these times calling for limited government that the CCC was sponsored by the U.S. government to help the American people and that the government is still here to help the American people and provide for the common good.
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