President Roosevelt formed the CCC to help bring the country out of the depression. I have since read disputes as to whether this contributed to the country's recovery or not. I can imagine though that the work it provided gave a certain sense of accomplishment to more than most who participated. I often think about all that these people did to provide us with such beautiful parks and natural habitat to lose ourselves in after a hectic week of work. I whisper a silent thank you every time we visit a park or drive the Blue Ridge Parkway marveling at some of the bridges and other construction they performed. We were actually on the Parkway today, and this is what made me think of doing this post. We were at a very popular stop on the parkway with beautiful scenery and historical significance. Yet, as we walked the grounds I was so sad to see how much was falling into disrepair. So sad to think how President Roosevelt's efforts for conservation are sometimes seen as a land grab by the government getting in the way of people's progress and profit. I hope this is a short-lived trend.
Fairystone State Park is one of these beautiful places I couldn't imagine not being able to visit. It is run and maintained by the State of Virginia. It is a tribute to those in the CCC who built this state park for future generations to see. The park opened in 1936, and it continues to be a place for recreation, conservation, and learning. What a beautiful setting for Wings of Time: Breaking Darkness. Thank you CCC.