“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Springfield in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 5, 2008
1. The Civilian Conservation Corps Marker
Inscription. During the Depression, in 1933, President Franklin D. Rooseveltís administration established the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to help unemployed men, ages 18 to 25. CCC men created state parks, improved soil conservation, conducted reforestation and constructed fire trails. The men received food, clothing, shelter, health care, education and were paid $30 monthly, of which $25 was sent home. Projects of the racially segregated Fort Belvoir CCC camp, Army 3 VA-2399 C (“Colored”), included building fire trails through forested areas of Fairfax County. One such trail started at Old Keene Mill Road, crossed nearby Accotink Creek, and ended at Backlick Road.
Erected 2008 by The Fairfax County History Commission. Dedicated on April 5th.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 47.394′ N, 77° 12.726′ W. Marker was in Springfield, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker was on Accotink Park Road near Southern Drive, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. From Backlick Road (County Route 617), take Highland Street west to Accotink
The Unveiling, Saturday April 5th, 2008, at 3:07 P.M. image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 5, 2008
2. The Unveiling, Saturday April 5th, 2008, at 3:07 P.M.
Pulling the lanyard is Sharon Bulova, County Supervisor for the Braddock District, back to camera; Gerald Connolly, Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors in red; and D.E. Sheads.
Park Road on the right. Accotink Park Road jogs to the left (follow the signs to the park) while Southern Drive continues straight ahead. Marker was at or near this postal address: 7500 Accotink Road, Springfield VA 22151, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Orange and Alexandria RR (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Orange And Alexandria Railroad Trestle (approx. 0.4 miles away); Orange and Alexandria Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Origins of Lake Accotink (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ravensworth (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Ravensworth (approx. 1.5 miles away); Springfield Station (approx. 1.5 miles away); Priceís Ordinary (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Springfield.
More about this marker. Mary Lipsey, a Fairfax County History Commissioner, did the research and led the efforts to erect this marker. D. E. (Bill) Sheads walked the fire trail mentioned in this marker—which included a wooden bridge nearby, called the New Bridge—as a teenager. His father harvested timber and owned a steam-powered sawmill nearby. Mr. Sheads provided invaluable oral history and assisted in locating portions of the trail for the project.
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The Civilian Conservation Corps Marker Dedication image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 5, 2008
3. The Civilian Conservation Corps Marker Dedication
From left to right, Sharon Bulova; Tawny Hammond, Accotink Park Manager; Gerry Connolly; D.E. Sheads; and Mary Lipsey, Fairfax County History Commissioner, Braddock District.

1. 75th Anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Article by Mary Buckingham Lipsey in the South County Chronicle. “At first, CCC camps faced opposition from nearby communities. Residents feared these “bums” taken from welfare rolls would become thieves or poachers. African Americans CCC enrollees were segregated and relegated to military bases and parkland, where they would not have contact with the locals. However, the opposition to the CCC camps decreased as communities benefited from the stimulation of the economy and the CCC work projects.” (Submitted on April 5, 2008.) 

2. The CCC Road (PDF). Essay by Bill Sheads on the A Look Back at Braddock District website. “There were two bridges on this road between Old Keene Mill Road and the railroad, one over Accotink Creek and the other over Rocky Branch. The Accotink bridge was approximately fifty to sixty feet long and ten feet wide, with high overhead wood supports. The Rocky Branch bridge was a smaller flat bridge about sixteen feet long. Most of the heavy timber beams and lumber for the bridges were purchased from the Sheads mill which was located in the area.” (Submitted on April 5, 2008.) 
Categories. 20th CenturyCharity & Public Work
Marker In the Afternoon Spring Sun image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 5, 2008
4. Marker In the Afternoon Spring Sun
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,956 times since then and 157 times this year. Last updated on . Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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