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

Dividends for the Future

 
 
Dividends for the Future Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
1. Dividends for the Future Marker
Inscription. I propose to create a civilian conservation corps…confining itself to forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control, and similar projects. I call your attention to the fact that this type of work is of definite, practical value, not only through the prevention of great present financial loss, but also as a means of creating future national wealth…This enterprise is an established part of our national policy. It will pay dividends to present and future generations…” President Franklin D. Roosevelt,1933

With those words to Congress in March of 1933, newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), one of the key elements of the “New Deal”. At the time, America was in the midst of a deepening national crisis, brought on by the financial collapse of the stock market in 1929. Thousands of businesses were failing and millions of Americans were unemployed. President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” consisted of a series of new, federally funded programs designed to put America back to work and rebuild the national economy.

Between 1933 and 1942, the CCC put over three million young men to work restoring the nation’s natural resources and constructing park and recreation areas. Virginia benefited greatly from
Virginia State Parks built by the CCC. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
2. Virginia State Parks built by the CCC.
Virginia's new State Park System from a 1937 Conservation Commission brochure. Numbers indicate the miles between parks. Shenandoah National Park is included on the map because it was also a major CCC project.
their efforts. The first six Virginia State Parks - Hungry Mother, Douthat, Fairy Stone, Westmoreland, Staunton River and Seashore - were built by the men of the CCC. Another CCC-built project, The Swift Creek Recreation Demonstration Area, was eventually deeded to the state by the federal government and became Pocahontas State Park.

Many of the original structures here in the park are marked with the bright yellow CCC logo. We hope that you will take time to notice and appreciate the wonderful legacy left by the men and boys of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Whether it is the handsome stonework on a bridge or retaining wall, the large, hand-forged hinges on a log cabin door, or one of the impressive log and stone picnic shelters the craftsmanship and attention to detail that became the hallmark of CCC construction is evident.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 37° 23.19′ N, 77° 34.928′ W. Marker is in Chesterfield, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from State Park Road 1.4 miles from State Park Road (Virginia Route 780). Touch for map. This marker is located near the CCC Museum within Pocahontas State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Chesterfield VA 23832, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
CCC Museum at Pocahontas State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
3. CCC Museum at Pocahontas State Park
8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. CCC Camp Site (approx. 1.1 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps - Company 2386 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pocahontas State Park (approx. 1.5 miles away); Eleazar Clay (approx. 3.6 miles away); Apostles of Religious Liberty (approx. 4.2 miles away); Chesterfield Court House (approx. 4.2 miles away); Chesterfield County Courthouse (approx. 4.2 miles away); Magnolia Grange (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesterfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. CCC Museum at Pocahontas State Park. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Pocahontas State Park. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Friends of Pocahontas State Park. (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyCharity & Public WorkGovernmentHorticulture & ForestryNatural Resources
 
CCC Museum interior image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
4. CCC Museum interior
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 530 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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