Vermont Parks: A Legacy Written in Stone

Vermont Public Radio, on uncovering the role of the CCC’s 40,000 New Deal employees in that state: “It’s hard to comprehend the immensity of the Civilian Conservation Corp’s work in Vermont State Parks. At Little River State Park, for example, just below the huge earth-fill dam that creates the Waterbury reservoir was located the largest CCC camp in the East. Earlier this year, park volunteer Ann Imhoff and I walked for about a mile through the woods, seeing old stone chimneys, old foundations and wells. The camp just went on and on. It had churches, a theatre, a hospital, – and was home to more than 3,000 young men who built the huge Waterbury dam. There were more than 40,000 CCC men in Vermont in the mid-1930s, and they made an immense impact on this state.”

Rachel Brahinsky is the Living New Deal's managing director and postdoctoral fellow.