Civilian Conservation Corps

Note:  No two pieces of wood look alike.  Within a board, two sections can have different coloration. The wood samples below are generic swatches to give you some idea about whether the wood is dark or light. The actual woods may vary in color.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was part of the New Deal designed to help pull the United States out of the Great Depression.   It provided employment to unmarried young men and provided training as well.  My father-in-law was a CCC worker in California.  He, like all the others, earned $30 a month, $25 of which was sent home to his family.  The very popular program ran from 1933 until 1942 when World War II and the draft provided employment for many young men.  CCC projects are found throughout WV, since there were 67 camps in West Virginia.   They built hundreds of bridges, planted millions of trees, developed more than 30 state and national parks, built thousands of cabins, picnic shelters, lodges, lakes and ponds and much more.

Wood SourceHistory of WoodWood Sample
Arthurdale Center Hall Preston County Oak

The Center Hall was the idea of Eleanor Roosevelt who supervised its construction (circa 1934) as part of the New Deal project. This flooring upon which Mrs. Roosevelt danced was removed during the 1996 renovation.

Arthurdale House 11 - Barn Preston County Chestnut

This chestnut was reclaimed from a batten board from the original barn built to serve the family of House 11 built as part of the New Deal project in the 1930’s.

Arthurdale House 11 Preston County Pine

This wood was baseboard reclaimed from House 11 built as part of the New Deal project in the 1930’s.

Arthurdale House 11 - Chicken Coop Preston County Oak

This wood was reclaimed from a chicken coop used by the family living in House 11 built as part of the New Deal project in the 1930’s.

Coopers Rock State Forest Monongalia County Chestnut

This American chestnut was used in 1936 as Shelter #3 at Coopers Rock State Forest was built as a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Project as Coopers Rock State Forest was being developed in American chestnut which was used in 1936 as Shelter #3 at Coopers Rock State Forest was built as a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Project as Coopers Rock State Forest was being developed in Monongalia County.

Greenbrier State Forest Superintendent's Residence Greenbrier County Chestnut

This chestnut was reclaimed from the residence of the Superintendent of Greenbrier State Forest. The log home was built in 1938 as a Civilian Conservation Corps project.