Camp Morgan, Company 1523, SP-4

Camp Morgan was located on the picnic grounds of what is now Cacapon State Park in the Eastern Panhandle's Morgan County. Operating as CCC Company 1523, the unit had been transferred to Morgan from Camp Little Fork at Sugar Grove in the fall of 1934. Co 1523 was operational as Camp Morgan, SP-4 until the  late summer of 1941.

During this time, the CCC of Camp Morgan built Cacapon State Park; its  lodges, cabins, lakes and other recreational facilities. The opening of Cacapon as one of the first parks in the state in 1937 was a major event, and to highlight the celebration, Mr. Fechner, National Head of the CCC, participated in the grand opening.

Other work done by the men of Camp Morgan included assisting in development of the historical park in Berkeley Springs and various services to local farmers and townspeople.



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Camp Morgan tents.  These were probably used as temporary quarters until the more permanent barracks were built.
Camp Morgan tents. The first, but temporary quarters.

This photo was taken on a Sunday in 1940 in Morgan County. Note the well-groomed attire of all the CCC enrolees in the photo. The only person identified is George Spevock center and in the back. The photo was donated by his brother, Frank. The style of semi-formal dress for weekend church and similar occasions was the routine among many of the "Boys" who were too poor to afford civilian suits. Camp Morgan had a long history of successful work from beginning to end on the construction of Cacapon State Park, now one of the  most popular vacation spots in West Virginia.

This photo was taken on a Sunday in 1940 in Morgan County. Note the well-groomed attire of all the CCC enrolees in the photo. The only person identified is George Spevock center and in the back. The photo was donated by his brother, Frank. The style of semi-formal dress for weekend church and similar occasions was the routine among many of the "Boys" who were too poor to afford civilian suits. Camp Morgan had a long history of successful work from beginning to end on the construction of Cacapon State Park, now one of the  most popular vacation spots in West Virginia.



The main gate sign of Camp Morgan, SP-4 in 1941. The three enrollees are unidentified.

The main gate sign of Camp Morgan, SP-4 in 1941. The three enrollees are unidentified.


Enrollees working on a local farm near the Potomac River. As indicated, Maryland was just across the river in the background. The person on the left is George Spevock. He and his unidentified co-worker are installing and tightening wire of a pasture fence.



The retreat formation one summer evening in 1941 at Camp Morgan. The military style formation with the men "At Ease" suggests this photo might have been taken just before the lowering of the flag. With the playing of the National Anthem and  flag-lowering, the men would be at "Attention" and the leaders at "Present Arms" saluting the flag.  Note the flag ropes are separated and perhaps being made ready for action.

The retreat formation one summer evening in 1941 at Camp Morgan. The military style formation with the men "At Ease" suggests this photo might have been taken just before the lowering of the flag. With the playing of the National Anthem and  flag-lowering, the men would be at "Attention" and the leaders at "Present Arms" saluting the flag.  Note the flag ropes are separated and perhaps being made ready for action.


This group of dignitaries came to recognize the men of Camp Morgan and are pictured in front of one the park cabins built by Co 1523 in the 1930's. The cabin's rugged durability is symbolic strength of the CCC high standards. IT WAS MADE TO LAST!

Third from the right in the front row is Robert Fechner, the national director of the CCC. The scene is at the new Cacapon State Park, near Berkeley Springs, WV shortly after the park was opened in July,1937. (source: Written on the Land")


This group of dignitaries came to recognize the men of Camp Morgan and are pictured in front of one the park cabins built by Co 1523 in the 1930's. The cabin's rugged durability is symbolic strength of the CCC high standards. IT WAS MADE TO LAST! Third from the right in the front row is Robert Fechner, the national director of the CCC. The scene is at the new Cacapon State Park, near Berkeley Springs, WV shortly after the park was opened in July,1937. (source: Written on the Land")



This page is from the CCC District newspaper, dated June, 1937. A main lead story is the opening of Cacapon State Park on July 1 that year. Anyone who knew Senator Jennings Randolph knew of his generosity and willingness to promote a good environmental effort and as a person who championed conservation. Randolph was a force in keeping the CCC alive as an agency. Here, in this article, he mentions the CCC boy he met and recognized him with reference in the Congressional Record. Many events in West Virginia were so preserved, thanks to his devotion to his native state.
This page is from the CCC District newspaper, dated June, 1937. A main lead story is the opening of Cacapon State Park on July 1 that year. Anyone who knew Senator Jennings Randolph knew of his generosity and willingness to promote a good environmental effort and as a person who championed conservation. Randolph was a force in keeping the CCC alive as an agency. Here, in this article, he mentions the CCC boy he met and recognized him with reference in the Congressional Record. Many events in West Virginia were so preserved, thanks to his devotion to his native state.
Camp Morgan, Company 1523, SP-4, date unknown.

Group photo of Company 1523, SP4, date unknown.