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Title Cumberland Knob Shelter Bldg #89
Title Note Negative 6520, Classification No. 728
Date September 1937
Description Cumberland Knob shelter, building #89, on section 2A, milepost 217.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Image taken from the National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters and taken by "RGH" in September 1937.
Commentary Cumberland Knob is located near the Virginia state border. It is where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway started in 1935 as part of Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1937 it became the first recreational area open to the public.
Location Location Name: Milepost 217
Parkway Milepost: 217.0
Latitude: 36.560486
Longitude: -80.911688
Creator Individual Robert G. Hall
Tags Alleghany County (N.C.)
Cumberland Knob (N.C.)
Cumberland Knob Recreation Area (N.C.)
Picnic grounds
State parks
Stone carving
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway