Between 1933 and 1942, thousands of young Rhode Island men enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), joining a federal work relief program to improve America's public lands, forests, and parks. In addition to landscaping projects, Rhode Island's CCC constructed a variety of amenities on State land, including picnic groves, a children's camp, visitors' centers, hiking shelters, pavilions, wells/pump houses, bubblers, fire towers, and miles of roads and trails.
Several CCC-built structures endure as legacies of this New Deal program in Rhode Island. You'll find them in park and management areas and along roadsides. Have you picnicked in this pavilion in Exeter's Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, or cooked out at Haines Memorial State Park in Barrington? Time for an outing!
To learn more about the CCC in Rhode Island, stop by Small State Big History for an article by Leo Caisse. And visit our website to learn more about State-owned Historic Properties and RIHPHC’s regulatory review role.