Cumberland Mountain State Park Receives Award for Historical Exhibit

May 12, 2016  |  Permalink

Cumberland Mountain State Park received an “Award of Distinction” from the East Tennessee Historical Society at their Annual Meeting on May 3, 2016.

The award was presented jointly to NolPix Media, a production company in Knoxville, who produced a video about the Park. Since 1982, the Society has been annually recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, programming and interpretation of the region’s history.

“This award recognizes the Park’s exhibit on the Civilian Conservation Corps and the significant impact that it’s had on the Cumberland Plateau region,” said Tennessee State Parks Director of Interpretive Programs and Education, Jeff Wells. “Since the exhibit opened in July 2015, we’ve had nothing but great feedback from visitors and this video helps share the message with even more people.”

The exhibit and video highlight the rich history of the Park’s beginning as the Cumberland Homesteads – a project that helped relocate poverty-stricken families to small farms centered on what is now the Cumberland Homestead community. The 1,720-acre Park was acquired by the State of Tennessee in 1938 to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau.

“Tennessee State Parks interpretive staff has shown amazing dedication to preserving this piece of our state’s and nation’s history,” said Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation Brock Hill, who is a native of the Upper Cumberland region. “By working together with community partners, like NolPix and the East Tennessee Historical Society, we can keep the story of this region alive for generations to come.”

Created in 1933 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the purpose of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was to preserve and nurture America’s natural resources. Approximately three million men, including more than 75,000 Tennesseans, brought forests back from the brink of destruction and established recreational destinations until the CCC dissolved as the country entered World War II.

Visitors can watch the video in the CCC Museum next door to the park restaurant. For more information about the park, click here

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