- August 22, 2015
- 17 Days Before Departure
- Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
- 10 miles, total assent 2,118 feet
Preparing for the St. Francis of Assisi pilgrimage. When the parks were formed in the 1930’s, not all the displaced families disappeared from the mountains. They left their dead.
In the 1930s, Shenandoah National Park was pieced together from over 3,000 individual tracts of land, purchased or condemned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and presented to the Federal Government. In the process, at least 500 families -described as “almost completely cut off from the current of American life” were displaced in what was considered by some to be an humanitarian act. To restore, or rather create, a ‘natural’ landscape out of the patchwork of recently abandoned settlements, Civilian Conservation Corps volunteers dismantled buildings and obscured the detritus of human habitation with the purity of imported vegetation.