Ninety Six in Greenwood County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
New Priorities of Protection
Rock walls communicate that a place is important and worth of protection -- a sanctuary. In the 1940s, Civilian conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees were using the boulders scattered before you to erect a rock wall guarding Lake Greenwood State Park.
Following the sneak attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941, however, they dropped their work and were given a new sanctuary to protect -- the United States. The country had entered World War II, and like other CCC men from across the nation, those building the rock wall at Lake Greenwood were deployed to fight. They traded their axes and shovels for rifles and ammunition.
This August 1941 drawing shows how the entrance wall would have looked upon completion. The CCC workers began construction in the fall but were interrupted when war broke out that December.
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Features • Natural Resources • Notable PlacesWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️ series list.
Location. 34° 11.267′ N, 81° 57.433′ W. Marker is in Ninety Six, South Carolina, in Greenwood County. Marker is at the intersection of State Park Road and Ware Street / Woodland Way (South Carolina Highway 702), on the right when traveling north on State Park Road. Marker is located just inside the Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ninety Six SC 29666, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to the Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lake Greenwood (approx. ¾ mile away); Ninety Six Colored School (approx. 3.4 miles away); M-60 A3 Main Battle Tank (approx. 3.8 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 3.8 miles away); Old Ninety Six (approx. 3.9 miles away); Ninety Six National Historic Site (approx. 4 miles away); Patriot Soldier (approx. 4½ miles away); The Patriots Lay Siege to the Star Fort (approx. 4½ miles away); a different marker also named The Patriots Lay Siege to the Star Fort (approx. 4½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ninety Six.
Also see . . .
1. Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area(Submitted on May 7, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Civilian Conservation Corps. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program for unemployed young men age 18-24, providing unskilled manual labor related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural areas of the United States from 1933 to 1942. (Submitted on May 7, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), 1933-1941. In 1932, when the American public voted President Herbert Hoover out of office, they were searching for an end to the economic chaos and unemployment that had gripped the nation for two years. (Submitted on May 7, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. WGBH American Experience: The Civilian Conservation Corps. One of the most popular New Deal programs, the CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America during the height of the Great Depression. (Submitted on May 7, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 656 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 7, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.