Lost River State Park, a wooded enclave of 3,712 acres dating from the 1930s, incorporates remnants of a much earlier resort. Richard Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee obtained the property in 1796 as part of a 17,000acre tract he received for services during the Revolution, but it was his son Charles Carter Lee who developed the area as a mountain spa by building cabins and a log boardinghouse. After the much-remodeled boardinghouse burned in 1910, the resort went into decline until the state legislature appropriated funds to establish a state park. In 1934, 200 Civilian Conservation Corps cadets were assigned to construct facilities, and by July 1, 1937, when the park opened, they had built fifteen log cabins, a superintendent's residence, and an administration building. A restaurant, a pool and bathhouse, and a reconstruction of the Lee Cabin followed. Nine additional cabins, of frame rather than log, were opened in 1956, and the original CCC cabins were repaired and remodeled in 1961.
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