CAMP HOOK, 1933-1935
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal were established to battle the depressed economy by having men work to help raise money for their families. They received $30 per month, $25 of which was sent home and $5 of which they could keep for themselves. The CCC established a site located in Pootatuck State Forest in New Fairfield, and left a legacy of hiking trails and fire roads in that area of town. Starting out with tents, these were later replaced with wooden barracks to house the young men who joined the CCC to learn to swing an ax, hone their building and mason skills.
(Photo courtesy of Leonard Copicotto.)
For more information about this subject you can refer to the Images of America-New Fairfield book available on this website, at the Hubbell House Museum and at the Barn Gallery here in New Fairfield.