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

Rapidan Camp

then & now

 
 
Rapidan Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2011
1. Rapidan Camp Marker
Inscription.
Blue indicates Roads, trails, and structures – 1930s
Red indicates Roads, trails and structures – now

Rapidanís Original Structures
Five Tents (blue) – the first structure built; ruins still visible today

Trails End (blue) – guest cabin

Ishbel (blue) – guest cabin; named for the Prime Ministerís daughter who visited

The Slums (blue) – usually occupied by Mrs. Hooverís secretaries

Town Hall (blue) – social hall

Duty Office (blue) – used by Secret Service and Marines

Quarters (blue) – occupied by chief commissary officer

The Owl (blue) – guest cabin

Mess Hall (blue) – where most meals were served

Mess Servants Quarters (blue)

The Brown House (red) – Hooversí residence; now historically refurnished; seasonal tours

The Fountain (red)

Outdoor Fireplace (red)

The Creel (red) – cabin used by Hooverís physician and aide; now houses camp volunteers

The Prime Minister (red) – guest cabin; named for the British Prime Minister who visited; now houses exhibit
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 29.445′ N, 78° 25.234′ 
Rapidan Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2011
2. Rapidan Camp Marker
W. Marker is in Stanley, Virginia, in Page County. Marker can be reached from Rapidan Fire Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park, at the end of the Rapidan Fire Road. Marker is in this post office area: Stanley VA 22851, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camp Hoover (here, next to this marker); "Here is peace and quietude" (here, next to this marker); Town Hall on Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Famous Town Hall Visitors (within shouting distance of this marker); “Five Tents” (within shouting distance of this marker); Recreational Pursuits (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mess Hall (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stanley.
 
More about this marker. The marker contains a map of Rapidan Camp as it appeared during the Hoover years. Structures that still exist are shown in red, while those that now longer stand are in blue. Also on the map are waterways such as Mill Prong, Laurel Prong, Hemlock Run and the Rapidan River; and trails such as the Mill Prong Trail, Laurel Prong Trail, Presidentís Walk, Five Tents Trail and trails to Fork Mountain and the dam.
 
Also see . . .
Rapidan Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2011
3. Rapidan Camp Marker

1. President Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover's Rapidan Camp. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 5, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Biography of Herbert Hoover. The White House website. (Submitted on August 5, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Markers at Rapidan Camp image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2011
4. Markers at Rapidan Camp
Several markers are found at this site. The Rapidan Camp marker is seen here on the right.
Prime Minister's Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2011
5. Prime Minister's Cabin
British Prime Minister Ramsey McDonald stayed in this cabin when he met with President Hoover at Rapidan Camp.
The Brown House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2011
6. The Brown House
This cabin was used by President Herbert Hoover as his summer White House.
The Creel image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2011
7. The Creel
President Hooverís Chief Aids occupied this cabin. These included his personal physician Joel T. Boone, Jr. and Larry Richey, a former F.B.I. agent assigned to guard the President.
Outdoor Fireplace image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2011
8. Outdoor Fireplace
President Hoover and his guests were often photographed by the press while sitting at this fireplace.
Five Tents image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2011
9. Five Tents
This fireplace is all that remains of the first structure to be built at Rapidan Camp.
Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1, 2011
10. Fountain
This fountain, designed by Mrs. Hoover, utilized water diverted from the nearby river.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 5, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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