Encompassing over 4,000 acres of scenic mountain lands, Douthat State Park in Alleghany and Bath counties was the first of six state parks established in Virginia by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the period 1933-1942. Associated with the nationwide public works programs of the New Deal, the Douthat project offered gainful employment to 600 men of three CCC companies during its nine years of development. The CCC program sought to conserve natural and scenic resources while providing healthy retreats for visitors. Architectural and engineering highlights of the park are the fifty-five-acre lake with its dam and spillway, as well as the guest lodge and the original complex of twenty-five guest cabins. These buildings, with their quality craftsmanship, were published as models of rustic park architecture. The spirit of the Douthat State Park’s original plans have been carefully maintained by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
DHR has secured permanent legal protection for over 700 historic places - including 15,000 acres of battlefield lands
DHR has erected 2,532 highway markers in every county and city across Virginia
DHR has engaged over 450 students in 3 highway marker contests
DHR has stimulated more than $4.2 billion dollars in private investments related to historic tax credit incentives, revitalizing communities of all sizes throughout Virginia