Stanley in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Guarding the Past
Shenandoah National Park
“In the end, the character of a civilization is encased in its structures.” Frank Gehry, architect
Historic preservation honors and saves our past. Preservation, both natural and cultural, is a mission and mandate of the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS is obligated to preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and reconstruct the objects that link us to bygone times and our heritage – furnishings, buildings, even guardrails.
When Skyline Drive was built in the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed barriers at the edges of the road and overlooks. Here at Franklin Cliffs, CCC workers laid a log guardrail. Because it had rotted, the log guardrail was removed in the 1950s. In 2009, as part of a historic preservation project for Skyline Drive, log guardrails were rebuilt along 11 miles of the scenic highway, including here at Franklin Cliffs Overlook.
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Architects used various materials, including stone walls and log guardrails, to protect motorists from Skyline Drive’s steep slopes. Original log guardrails were made from the wood of the American chestnut tree.
Franklin Cliffs Overlook had no safety barrier after the original guardrail was removed in the 1950s. In 2009 the log guardrail was rebuilt to adhere to
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 38° 32.217′ N, 78° 25.168′ W. Marker is in Stanley, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on Skyline Drive (at milepost 49), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on Skyline Drive, in the Franklin Cliffs Overlook (MP 49). Marker is in this post office area: Stanley VA 22851, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stonewall Jackson's Marches (approx. ¼ mile away); Getting to know the air you breathe! (approx. 1.3 miles away); Big Meadows Lodge (approx. 1.3 miles away); Dark Hollow (approx. 1.4 miles away); National Park Service CCC Camps (approx. 1.6 miles away); Iron Mike (approx. 1.6 miles away); Skyline Drive Historic District (approx. 1.6 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 1.8 miles away).
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a photograph of Franklin Cliffs Overlook with the log guardrail. At the lower left side of the marker is a reproduction of a postcard showing “Franklin Cliff from the overlook on Skyline Drive.” It includes a caption of “Souvenir
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 28, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.