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Syria in Madison County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

National Park Service CCC Camps

 
 
National Park Service CCC Camps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 4, 2008
1. National Park Service CCC Camps Marker
Inscription. Six Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the area which became Shenandoah National Park were at Big Meadows, Skyland, Pinnacles, Piney River, Baldface, and Dundo from 1933 to 1942.

Camp Fechner, near here, was named in honor of Robert Fechner, first Director of the Corps. It was also the third CCC camp in the nation. Enrollees helped with dozens of conservation projects in Shenandoah.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 38° 31.098′ N, 78° 26.159′ W. Marker is in Syria, Virginia, in Madison County. Marker is on Skyline Drive, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located at the Big Meadows/Byrd Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Syria VA 22743, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Iron Mike (within shouting distance of this marker); Skyline Drive Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. mile away); Dark Hollow (approx. 0.3 miles away); Getting to know the air you breathe!
Entrance to the Byrd Visitor Center at Big Meadows image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 4, 2008
2. Entrance to the Byrd Visitor Center at Big Meadows
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Big Meadows Lodge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jackson's Last Mountain Crossing (approx. 1.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Stonewall Jackson's Marches (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Syria.
 
Also see . . .  Civilian Conservation Corps. As the park service page states, Shenandoah probably wouldn't exist in its form today without the work of the CCC. (Submitted on November 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Iron Mike Statue image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 4, 2008
3. Iron Mike Statue
In front of the Byrd Visitor Center is this statue honoring those who served in the CCC.
Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 4, 2008
4. Dedication Plaque
Between 1933 and 1942 more than 10,000 young men served in the Civilian Conservation Corps Camps in Shenandoah National Park. These 'boys' created the form and fabric of the new park so that future generations could find recreation and re-creation here. The statue of 'Iron Mike' was given by the Barlow family to honor the CCC and their parents, Russell Thompson Barlow and Louise Painter Barlow.
Big Meadows image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 4, 2008
5. Big Meadows
The CCC Camp extended across Big Meadows during the most active years of the project.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,018 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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