Virginia CCC Museum
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Dell School, Home of the West Virginia CCC Museum
||The West Virginia CCC Museum was
organized and opened in June of 2002. The museum is housed for
the present in the old Quiet Dell schoolhouse in Harrison County, just
off Exit 115 of Interstate 79. It is about 100 miles east of
Parkersburg, about 110 miles north of Charleston and about 45 miles
south of Morgantown. The schoolhouse is on the National Register of
Historic Places and is open every day during the week, as is the
museum. The CCC museum shares the building with a group of juried
artisans who make and sell West Virginia heritage crafts. Museum signs
on the Interstate on either side of Exit 115 and at the entrance direct
one to the museum.
One room of the schoolhouse is used for the CCC museum. Unfortunately, space is of a premium. A replica museum barracks on this site is planned. The new barracks museum is needed to display other memorabilia and to provide a more adequate, climate-controlled museum environment.
Museum visitors experience the story of the CCC from onset of the Corps in 1933 to the final phase-out of the program in June, 1942. We also have several items that commemorate the 50th anniversary in 1983 and CCC reunion pictures beyond that year as well as recent achievements and milestones of local and state recognition of the CCC movement by the public and public officials. These efforts were the result of program efforts to generate public awareness and interest and were sponsored by the CCC Museum Association.
The museum displays represent the work and depict the accomplishments of the CCC in West Virginia and also in other states. Since there were camps in all the 48 states with similar CCC missions, there is a national overtone to the more than 230 items on display. These items range from camp photographs to tools and implements used by former CCC enrollees.
The Association is always looking for more CCC memorabilia and the additional funds needed to build the new museum barracks building. The CCC camp museum is open to the public 7 days every week except at Christmas and a few other holidays. Visitors have come from as far away as California and Canada and from countries in other continents to experience what our generous donors have provided. Some visitors leave behind donations of funds and memorabilia for the museum and plan to return another day to see their items on display along with others.... they always leave with more knowledge and a good impression of what the CCC left or did for them.
at the Museum
Periodically, we will cover activities at the museum that will be of interest to all.
|The Museum gets very nice comments
from visitors. Below are some of them.
- Frank and Helen