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

A Testament to Craftsmanship

Westmoreland State Park

 
 
A Testament to Craftsmanship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 16, 2016
1. A Testament to Craftsmanship Marker
Inscription. The CCC used native materials and “NPS Rustic” designs to create iconic features like this fountain in Westmoreland State Parks.

When Westmoreland opened its gates in 1936 the fountain greeted guests to this park on the Potomac and provided a gateway to the kind of well-crafted and beautiful structures they would see and use during their visit.

From cabins to picnic shelters to stone lined culverts and ditches, many of the features you see throughout the park today were constructed by young men of the Civilian Conservation Corp. Built with an eye to the future using resources gathered on park grounds and displaying excellent craftsmanship their work has stood the test of time.

The fountain fell into disrepair and was repurposed for many years as a planter. In the spirit and honor of the original builders, park staff and volunteers worked to restore it to working condition. It once again welcomes you as it was originally intended.

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This stone fountain has stood witness to a changing landscape and changing times and will continue to do so for many generations to come.
As you explore the park look for other enduring examples of CCC craftsmanship.
Following in the footsteps of four generations before, volunteer Pete Dyer works to clear out soil, roots
A Testament to Craftsmanship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 16, 2016
2. A Testament to Craftsmanship Marker
and rocks.
 
Erected by Westmoreland State Park.
 
Location. 38° 9.721′ N, 76° 52.111′ W. Marker is in Montross, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker is at the intersection of State Park Road (Virginia Route 347) and Virginia Route 686, on the right when traveling north on State Park Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1650 State Park Rd, Montross VA 22520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tempting Target (approx. 0.6 miles away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. 0.6 miles away); Putting the Potomac on the Map (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dividends for the Future (approx. 0.9 miles away); Westmoreland State Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Stratford and Chantilly (approx. 1.4 miles away); Burrell Eskridge and His Son Vernon Eskridge (approx. 1.6 miles away); Stratford Hall (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montross.
 
Also see . . .  Westmoreland State Park. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (Submitted on August 22, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkMan-Made Features
 
A Testament to Craftsmanship-The Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 16, 2016
3. A Testament to Craftsmanship-The Fountain
Sign at the entrance to Westmoreland State Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 16, 2016
4. Sign at the entrance to Westmoreland State Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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