Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye
The Appalachian Trail
National Planning Landmark
National Planning Pioneer
Conceived by Benton MacKaye in 1921 as a walking trail from New England to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail was a pioneering invention in regional interconnection. MacKaye's work in regional planning theory and practice also laid the foundations for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Rural Resettlement Administration program of the 1930s, and the Civilian Conservation Corps. The National Trails System Act of 1968 made the Appalachian Trail the spinal cord of a fourteen-state greenway and the premier component of a national system of scenic and historic trails.
Erected 2000 by The American Institute of Certified Planners, The Society for American City and Regional Planning History & The West Virginia Planning Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Environment • Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
Location. 39° 19.535′ N, 77° 44.437′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street (Business U.S. 340) and Storer College Place, on the right when traveling east on Washington Street. Marker is at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harpers Ferry / John Brown’s Fort (here, next to this marker); The Black Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia Lodge No. 1 (about 300 feet away); Storer College Veterans Memorial Gate (about 400 feet away); Church and School (about 400 feet away); The Niagara Movement (about 400 feet away); Foundations of Freedom (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
Also see . . .
1. Appalachian National Scenic Trail. (Submitted on December 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Appalachian Trail Conservancy. (Submitted on December 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Benton MacKaye at Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.