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Virginia State Parks (Images of America Series)

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Pres. Franklin Roosevelt's establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 had lasting conservation impacts across the nation. Virginia joined this effort when Will Carson of the Virginia Conservation Commission convinced Roosevelt to use the Civilian Conservation Corps to build a state park system. Virginia is distinguished as the only state in the nation to open a system of state parks on one day. On June 15, 1936, the first six state parks--Douthat, Seashore (present day First Landing), Hungry ...
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Pres. Franklin Roosevelt's establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 had lasting conservation impacts across the nation. Virginia joined this effort when Will Carson of the Virginia Conservation Commission convinced Roosevelt to use the Civilian Conservation Corps to build a state park system. Virginia is distinguished as the only state in the nation to open a system of state parks on one day. On June 15, 1936, the first six state parks--Douthat, Seashore (present day First Landing), Hungry Mother, Fairy Stone, Westmoreland, and Staunton River State Parks--were opened. From these humble beginnings, the commonwealth has developed over 35 diverse, award-winning state parks. From seashore to mountains, take a journey across Virginia through a vast array of landscapes and unrivaled natural and cultural resources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738587189
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 576,873
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


A native Virginian, author Sharon B. Ewing is manager of the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, one of the park system's diverse offerings. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Museums and has served on various organizations to preserve the commonwealth's history. In Images of America: Virginia State Parks, Ewing celebrates 75 years of the park system and beyond, sharing photographs and stories of Virginia's treasures.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 8

1 The Civilian Conservation Corps 11

2 Virginia's First Six Parks 27

3 Early Developments in the 1930s and 1940s 43

4 Virginia Expands Our "Common Wealth" in the 1950s and 1960s 59

5 Conservation and Recreation in the 1970s and 1980s 85

6 Modern Parks and Historic Paths 99

7 "Virginia is for Lovers" of Parks 115

Bibliography 126

About the Virginia Association for Parks 127

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