Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

                S-59 Seeger Farm Company 308

Before becoming a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the Seeger Farm was established by Penn State University as a Nature Study Camp in the 1920s.  

 

 Camp S-59 Seeger Farm Camp, submitted by Tobin Civils.

 

The camp, which was better known as the Greenwood Furnace camp, opened on May 6, 1933, under the supervision of Lieutenant R. F. Sink (Civilian Conservation Corps, 1983, p. 12; Tracy, p. 7).  The enrollees at this camp constructed many of the roads in the Alan Seeger forest area, including the Bear Meadows Road which went over the mountain to the Detweiler camp (Tracy, p. 7).  The men also did some reconstruction work on the Greenwood Furnace (Fagley, 1994).  The men also built the dam at Greenwood Furnace State Park, which was used with a small turbine and generator to produce electricity for the park before electric service was available in the area (Shedd, p. 33).  The camp closed on October 31, 1935 (Civilian Conservation Corps, 1983, p. 12).

 An aerial view of the Seeger Farm camp

Courtesy of Paul Fagley, Greenwood Furnace State Park

 

 

 Tom Loudon, a worker at S-59 Seeger Farm and SCS-9 Todd Township - the photo was submitted by his grandson, Tobin Civils.

 

The interior of the mess hall.  The photo was submitted by Tobin Civils.  The dual chimneys at each end of the mess hall still exist, and have been incorporated into a picnic pavilion built by the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.

 

You can view names of workers who served at the CCC camps by clicking on Civilian Conservation Corps Workers

If you know of someone who served with the CCC, who is not listed on the worker's page, please complete a CCC Roll Call Form, and their name will be added to the list.

Additional Information

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources maintains information on CCC camps in Huntingdon County and Pennsylvania.  For more information on the S-59 Seeger Farm camp, you can click on the link.

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