In 1933 the State acquired the homestead of Benjamin F. Crowley for recreational development and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), 4733rd Company, constructed several buildings on the attractive hilly and forested site. All the structures are in the rustic mode, following guidelines set out by the Public Works Administration (PWA) as appropriate for rural parks and natural sites. The most impressive structure is the bathhouse beside the spring-fed swimming lake. It is a rectangular one-and-a-half-story log and frame structure with a rear T addition and is banked into the side of a hill. The building’s lower level is composed of massive rough-hewn stones. The roof is hipped, and the walls have casement windows. The lower floor has separate bathhouses for men and women, and the upper floor is a multipurpose space. The CCC also built a dining hall and kitchen for visitors and the park’s staff, a comfort station, and a stone bridge.
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Crowley’s Ridge State Park
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