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Civilian Conservation Corps cabin renovations complete at two Virginia state parks

log cabin at virginia state park
Photo by Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Cabin renovations at Douthat and Fairy Stone state parks are complete with upgrades using eco-friendly materials and promoting conservation.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation began the modernization process in 2021. Phase one wrapped up in the spring of 2023 and included 29 cabins. The remaining 26 cabins received upgrades in phase two, which was completed this month.

The log cabins were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and the cinderblock cabins were constructed in the 1950s.

“This project represents a significant investment in the future of Douthat and Fairy Stone state parks, reaffirming their status as premier outdoor destinations,” said Dr. Melissa Baker, Virginia State Parks director. “After years of meticulous planning and hard work, the transformation is now complete, and we are ready to provide visitors with unparalleled opportunities for recreation, relaxation and exploration.”

Douthat State Park is located in Millboro; and Fairy Stone State Park is located in Stuart.

The upgrades included:

  • Rehabilitated exterior and interior log cabin walls
  • New exterior cladding and interior finishing on cinder block cabins
  • Upgraded bathrooms
  • Upgraded kitchens with new stainless-steel appliances
  • Upgraded plumbing, HVAC and electrical
  • New windows and furniture

At Douthat, the park selected composite shakes for the roofs. They were designed to look like the cedar shakes installed by the CCC but have a lifespan of more than 50 years compared to the 15-year lifespan of the original shakes.

Both Fairy Stone and Douthat now offer ADA-compliant log and cinderblock cabins for guests.

“We are excited to open these newly renovated and historically significant cabins to the citizens of the commonwealth,” said Kelly McClary, DCR’s director of planning and recreation resources. “We hope the public enjoys the upgraded amenities and the attention to detail that the design and construction team delivered to this very important project.”

To learn more, visit virginiastateparks.gov.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.