A Rather Biggish Establishment

A Rather Biggish Establishment (HMUQD)

Location: Syria, VA 22743 Madison County
Buy Virginia State flags at Flagstore.com!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at Flagstore.com!

N 38° 29.42', W 78° 25.202'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
We discussed the proposed camp as we explored . . . . Conditions necessitate
A Rather
biggish establishment

- Lou Henry Hoover, describing the future Rapidan Camp, 1929

I have discovered that even the work of the government can be improved by leisurely discussions of its problems out under the trees where no bells or callers jar one's thoughts . . . .
- President Hoover, "Madison County Day" speech, August 1929

From 1929 to 1932, Rapidan Camp,
nestled here in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the headwaters of the Rapidan River, served as a weekend retreat for President Herbert and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover. Just to your right, the Laurel Prong stream winds its way to the river, meeting the Mill Prong stream to form the headwaters of one of the most renowned trout streams in Virginia. It was here that the President and First Lady found respite from the heat and formality of Washington, D.C. Just ahead and to the left is the Brown House, the Hoovers' rustic weekend counterpart to their city home, the White House.

The Brown House, this guest house named The Prime Minister, and The Creel, are the only three structures left of the once-extensive establishment that hosted an array of public officials and influential powerbrokers. Here, among the hemlocks and babbling brooks, the Hoovers endlessly entertained and politicked in an atmosphere of natural quiet and picturesque seclusion.
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 8:57am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 725014 N 4263375
Decimal Degrees38.49033333, -78.42003333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 29.42', W 78° 25.202'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 29' 25.20" N, 78° 25' 12.12" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1226 Unnamed Road, Syria VA 22743, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Nearby Markersshow on map
Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. This marker needs at least one picture.
  10. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  11. Is the marker in the median?