Join Ranger Kalen for part two of the Group Camp 7 series to learn about the history of the site and the pioneers who led the way.
Group Camp 7 was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was in use until the 1970s. After opening, Group Camp 7 was designated for use by African-Americans at the time. In addition to this, the site also hosted several summer camps that were operated by local church groups here in Virginia.
We will take a closer look at the history of the site and the leaders who made it possible.
Join Ranger Ethan during Black History Month to discover more about the once segregated portion of what is now Pocahontas State Park.
Group Camp 7 had a dining hall, several group cabins, and a small lake with a swim beach. The camp was built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was used until the 1970's. Often, churches would rent out the facilities and host summer camps for local youths, such as the Baptist General Convention did in the 1940's when they developed Camp Carey for girls.
Today, all that remains is the lake, a brick retaining wall, and some building foundations. The area is accessible via the Otter Lick Loop Trail. We highly encourage community members who may have visited the area to share their memories so that we may fully tell the story of this area in the park.
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