Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Civilian Conservation Corps
Later CCC initiatives spurred the hiring of American Indians, skilled older men, and war veterans. Despite the unprecedented success of the CCC program and the President's objections, all CCC camps closed after America became involved in World War II.
Life at Fort Hunt
Imagine...your 6-month stint working for the Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp NP-6 at Fort Hunt is nearly over, but you plan to re-enlist. For the past 8 weeks you have planted trees along the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (later called George Washington Memorial Parkway). Other men have improved beaches, dug ditches for mosquito control, and restored historic structures in national parks nearby.
For 40 hours of labor each week you earn $30.00 per month, a decent wage during the Great Depression. As part of the deal, you send $25.00 back to your family. Tonight, after dinner, you'll play basketball and then attend a lecture with your buddies.
Did you know the CCC:
• Planted 3 billion trees nationwide, including along George Washington Memorial Parkway, earning them the nickname "Roosevelt's Tree Army?"
• Restored 3,980 historical structures, built 46,854 bridges, created 28,087 miles of foot and horse trails, and erected 405,037 signs, markers and monuments?
(Caption for photo on left):
In the CCC, men learned new skills and trades.
(Caption for photo on right):
Queen Elizabeth of England is escorted at Fort Hunt by CCC Assistant Director Charles H. Taylor for an inspection of the camp in June 1939. King George VI is partially obscured by the Queen's umbrella and Eleanor Roosevelt is standing to the right in the background.
Erected by George Washington Memorial Highway - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 38° 42.912′ N, 77° 3.085′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Fort Hunt Park Loop Touch for map. Located in Fort Hunt Park, a unit of the George Washington Memorial Parkway administered by the National Park Service. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22308, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Support of American Defense (here, next to this marker); People and the Land (here, next to this marker); Fort Hunt Park (here, next to this marker); Beyond What You See Today (within shouting distance of this marker); P.O. Box 1142 (within shouting distance of this marker); WW II: A Battle Fought at Home and Abroad (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery Sater (approx. 0.2 miles away); Protecting America's Legacy (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Also see . . . Fort Hunt, the Forgotten Story. (PDF) Article on the history of Fort Hunt. (Submitted on June 5, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Government •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 639 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on March 27, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.