New Germany State Park – Grantsville MD

Description

CCC-built structures at New Germany State Park, that are still in use today, include a recreation building, cabins, and picnic shelters. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, “Today the Recreation Hall (Rec Hall) is the site for many reunions, weddings, and other special events.”
The CCC transformed Swauger’s Lake into what is now New Germany Lake. Swauger’s Lake was used for powering a mill and making ice. The CCC drained the lake and cleared it out of logs & stumps, making it safe to swim in. It was then stocked with fish.
Other work performed at New Germany State Park included tree planting, fire suppression work, and creating trails & roads.
Today, visitors to New Germany State Park can engage in just about any park activity imaginable: Fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, skiing, camping, and more. All thanks to the hard, competent, and lasting work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Source notes

(1) Maryland Department of Natural Resources, at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/newgermany.asp and http://www.dnr.state.md.us/centennial/CCC_History_Part_II.asp, accessed November 10, 2013. (2) Information signs at park. (3) Maryland’s Forests and Parks: A Century of Progress, by Robert F. Bailey III, on behalf of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2006. 

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee - wpatoday.org on November 11, 2013.

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Location Info


New Germany Road and McAndrews Hill Road
Grantsville, MD 21536

Location notes: Coordinates are near the center of the park—at the head of the lake; the park headquarters is quite a distance from the park proper

Coordinates: 39.632862, -79.122401

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