Near Laurel Springs in Alleghany County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Robert Lee Doughton
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 7, 1863.
Location. 36° 25.813′ N, 81° 10.517′ W. Marker is near Laurel Springs, North Carolina, in Alleghany County. Marker is on Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 241). Marker is located at the parking lot for Wildcat Overlook just past the Doughton Park Picnic area and Bluffs Lodge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45338 Blue Ridge Parkway, Laurel Springs NC 28644, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Brinegar Family (approx. 1.8 miles away); Brinegar CabinMaking Linsey-Woolsey (approx. 1.8 miles away); A Mountain Home (approx. 1.8 miles away); An Outdoor Pantry (approx. 1.8 miles away); Making Shoes (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mountain Spring (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tillers of the Land - Then and Now (approx. 2.9 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Robert L. Doughton (1863-1954).
Doughton’s political support for the New Deal seemed at odds with his personal beliefs. He personally opposed policies like the pro-union Wagner Act. Yet he allowed New Deal legislation like the National Industrial Recovery Act and the Social Security Act to pass through his committee unchallenged. This was partly due to his admiration for FDR; he once claimed, “The President is the finest man to work [with] I ever saw.” Doughton is credited with writing the country’s first social security law. Doughton retired from Congress in 1952. He died October 1, 1954, in Laurel Springs. His name lives on in Doughton Park, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Doughton Park - Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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