May 10, 2008 – May Fest and Camp Roosevelt

This morning we went to the annual May Fest in Historic Downtown Luray.

A picture:

Does it look familiar? In all the travels we have done, it is comforting to see how much all towns are alike. I could have been walking at Pottsville’s May Day with the sounds, the items for sale, and the aroma of good food (MMMMMM!!!). The only difference is seeing people I know vs. people I do not – but the smiles are the same.

From there, we made a stop at the local Wal-Mart and traveled to Camp Roosevelt.

This picture is of the Shenandoah Valley – notice the clouds around the mountain tops:

Camp Roosevelt was still not open but we parked the Tracker and walked in. This camp was the first Civilian Conservation Corp camp in the US and the first inductee to the CCC, Henry Rich, worked here. There are still some of the foundations visible throughout the park.

Here is one we found interesting:

According to the brochure, this was part of the truck shed and garages. Notice the work on the fireplace. It is actually double sided as if it were the divider between two rooms.

And another foundation:

The drive back to camp was thru Fort Valley. The valley is between Massanutten Mountain and Green Mountain and is mostly all farm and livestock. We saw many horses, cattle, goats, and sheep farms. Everything is such a lush green color. Beautiful!

The rest of the day was spent relaxing:

And another great campfire!

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