This is a 2-stage cache located in Laurel Hill State Park. Park in the spaces provided at the Visitor Center and entrance to the park campground. The first stage, which is at the CCC Monument, will provide information for the final stage coodinates. Final stage coodinates: N39 59.XXXX, W79 14.49YY. Determine XXXX by adding 1784 to the year President Roosevelt proposed the CCC program. Determine YY by adding 17 to the monthly wage the men of the CCC earned.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program for unemployed men, focused on natural resource conservation from the early 1930s to 1942. As part of the New Deal legislation proposed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), the CCC was designed firstly, to aid relief of high unemployment stemming from the Great Depression and secondly, carry out a broad natural resource conservation program on national, state and municipal lands. Members lived in camps, wore uniforms, and lived under quasi-military discipline. At the time of entry, 70% of enrollees were malnourished and poorly clothed. Very few had more than a year of high school education; few had work experience beyond occasional odd jobs. The peace was maintained by the threat of "dishonorable discharge." There were no reported revolts or strikes. The men were permitted to stay in the program for only two years. In total the Civilian Conservation Corps would eventually enroll over three million American men. Laurel Hill State Park was one of the many camps where the "CCC Boys" worked to create the park.. Most of their barracks continue to be utilized for group summer camping.
You can find additional information at the visitor center museum adjacent to the CCC memorial statue. The museum has memorabilia from the era including a moonshiner's still from the area. Two of the present Friends of Laurel Hill volunteers, both in excess of 90 years old, worked here at Laurel Hill as "CCC Boys" and are very proud of the beautiful park they created. CCC History
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