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036-5179 Troop 111 Boy Scout Cabin

Troop 111 Boy Scout Cabin
Photo credit: David Brown, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 09/23/2021

The Troop 111 Boy Scout Cabin in Gloucester County is a one-story, single-pen log house built in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal agency formed in 1935 that employed workers to carry out a variety of public works projects and services during the Great Depression. At the request of the Gloucester County School Board, the WPA constructed the Rustic Revival-style cabin, using locally sourced materials, on the grounds of Botetourt High School (demolished in the early 2000s) to provide space for home economics classes and to serve as a meeting place for student clubs and organizations, such as the Future Farmers of America and, later, the Future Homemakers of America. In 1956, the School Board granted Boy Scouts of America, Troop 111, sole use of the cabin in return for its repair and maintenance. The troop continues to use and maintain the building in its original location in front of Botetourt Elementary School, built in the late 20th century. The cabin was expanded to include two lean-tos at the rear for storage space, though the dates of these additions are unknown. The cabin is one of four inventoried examples of a Great Depression-era building constructed specifically for youth organizations in the Commonwealth, and is unique in being the only known resource of this type in Eastern Virginia. The vocational education and social organizations that used the building were some of the oldest institutions for youth in Virginia. The Troop 111 Boy Scout Cabin stands as a testament to a community’s resourcefulness and tenacity in utilizing available funding, materials, and labor sources during a time of national crisis.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark


Updated: September 23, 2021