Explore the history of Connecticut's forest roads and rec areas at the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
About 60 percent of Connecticut is forested, and there is even a museum dedicated to the history of the woods.
The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Shenipsit State Forest in Tolland County has exhibits on campsite life, work areas, photographs, equipment and tools.
The museum is a collection of all the different camps that were in Connecticut during the Civilian Conservation Corps era.
Many of the programs were started during the Depression as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt‘s New Deal program.
The CCC workers created a lot of the state roads, the forest roads and campgrounds.
Marty Podskoch from East Hampton Connecticut has written three books about the Civilian Conservation Corps and has interviewed about 100 CCC workers.
Podskoch says a lot of the recreation areas in Connecticut wouldn’t be accessible if it wasn’t for them.
In 2017, Marty Podskoch and other dedicated volunteers helped to keep the CCC Museum from permanently closing its doors.