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

Dividends for the Future

Civilian Conservation Corps 1933-1942

 

—Westmoreland State Park —

 
Dividends for the Future Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 12, 2015
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 these 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 business was 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 their
Dividends for the Future Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 12, 2015
2. Dividends for the Future Marker
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. 38° 10.384′ N, 76° 52.632′ W. Marker is in Montross, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from State Park Road (Virginia Route 347) half a mile north of Virginia Route 686. Touch for map. Located at the riverside picnic area in Westmoreland State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1650 State Park Road, Montross VA 22520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Map on the reverse side of the Dividends for the Future Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 12, 2015
3. Map on the reverse side of the Dividends for the Future Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Putting the Potomac on the Map (within shouting distance of this marker); Tempting Target (approx. ¾ mile away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. ¾ mile away); A Testament to Craftsmanship (approx. 0.9 miles away); Westmoreland State Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); Stratford and Chantilly (approx. 2.2 miles away); Artery of Commerce (approx. 2.3 miles away); Archeology at Popes Creek (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montross.
 
Also see . . .  Westmoreland State Park. Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation (Submitted on March 5, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkMan-Made Features
 
Marker at the entrance to Westmoreland State Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 12, 2015
4. Marker at the entrance to Westmoreland State Park
Sign at the entrance to Westmoreland State Park-A National Historic Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 12, 2015
5. Sign at the entrance to Westmoreland State Park-A National Historic Landmark
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 4, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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