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Cedar Lakes (FFA-FHA State Camp and Conference Center)

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FFA-FHA State Camp and Conference Center
1952–1953, Martens and Son. East side of Jackson County 25, 4 miles southeast of Ripley

Cedar Lakes, located on 450 acres of land donated by Jackson County, was created soon after World War II as an education and training center for the Future Farmers of America and the Future Homemakers of America. The FFA-FHA, the Lions Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and various other organizations sponsored the first buildings, and the Daughters of the American Revolution donated funds to construct the amphitheater. Typical of construction in the postwar years, when funds and materials were in short supply, the first camp structures are modest, one-story, concrete-block cottages, arranged in two groups on either side of a pond. In recent years, a number of frame buildings with brown-stained vertical cladding have been added. Similar siding has been applied to several of the original buildings, giving them a more woodsy, rustic appearance than originally intended. Cedar Lakes also features an arboretum, bird sanctuary, forest demonstration areas, covered bridge, and reconstructed log house.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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