If These Walls Could Talk

If These Walls Could Talk (HM2H5J)

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N 38° 37.626', W 78° 20.371'

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"The hand-cut walls have stories to tell for those willing to listen."Reed Engle, The Greatest Single Feature... A Sky-line Drive
May 15, 1933 saw the first Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps established in Shenandoah at Skyland and Big Meadows. Young, strong men were now available to help turn the dream of Skyline Drive into reality. Under the leadership of National Park Service landscape architects, CCC enrollees and engineers helped build Skyline Drive's stone walls and overlooks, including the one where you stand now—Jewell Hollow.
As you drive through Shenandoah National Park, you'll see plenty of the fruits of the CCC's labor—re-placed boulders, graded slopes, and transplanted trees and shrubs. While much of the boys' work blends seamlessly with the natural landscape, the walls stand out as visible testament to the quality and permanence of the CCC's work.
Wall Construction in the 1930sStone walls in Shenandoah National Park were built in two styles of masonry: dry-laid and ashlar. Dry-laid walls, like those here at Jewell Hollow Overlook, could be built by less-experienced stone workers, like the young men of the CCC, since they require only moving and aligning heavy stones—more muscle than skill. Mortared ashlar masonry walls require more expertise

and had to be built by experienced masons.
HM NumberHM2H5J
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at 11:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 731598 N 4278754
Decimal Degrees38.62710000, -78.33951667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 37.626', W 78° 20.371'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 37' 37.56" N, 78° 20' 22.26" W
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