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Americana #6 - Rent 153 National Historic Landmark "Homes"
Of all the programs that Franklin Delano Roosevelt implemented shortly after he assumed the presidency in 1933 the two that left a great physical legacy were the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Both agencies had the goal of putting a large number of unemployed to work on community infrastructure projects. The CCC recruited young men 17 to 25 years of age.
In Prince William County they were assigned the task of building Camp Chopawamsic (now Prince William Forest Park) to provide both recreational and educational opportunities for poor inner city children.
Prince William Forest Park has 153 of these cabins in working order - it is the largest collection of Depression Era cabins built by the CCC in the National Park System.
Four of the five original campsites are in the National Register of Historic Places. They have both group and individual cabins that are available to rent.
See Prince William Forest Park for full details about other recreational activities at this 15,000 acre forest in Prince William County.
The pictures below show a cabin being built by a CCC member in 1936 and an identical cabin as it looks today.
A group of individual cabins ... more
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