Kings Mountain State Park Historic District

1277 Park Rd., Blacksburg, South Carolina

Great Depression era state park

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Lake York

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Description 

The Kings Mountain State Park Historic District is significant for its association with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and other New Deal conservation programs in South Carolina and the material legacy they left behind. Built by the CCC and local relief workers, Kings Mountain reflects the social and land reform efforts of the Roosevelt administration during the Great Depression. It is also significant as one of seventeen state parks developed in South Carolina during the 1930s, and one of two “Recreational Demonstration Areas” developed by the National Park Service (NPS) in the state. The district is representative of the rustic architecture and landscape design aesthetic of the NPS and the CCC, known as parkitecture. Parkitecture blends elements from rustic folk traditions with the Craftsman style. More than 90% of the 6,883-acre park is covered by forest. The park retains a majority of the layout designed by the CCC between 1936 and 1942. Historical resources at the park are varied and numerous. There are 78 contributing buildings, 10 contributing structures (including 2 CCC-era lakes and 4 roads), as well as one contributing archaeological resource. The majority of the contributing structures are located in association with two man-made lakes. These resources include cabins, a bathhouse, a picnic shelter, administrative buildings, recreational buildings, staff housing, bridges, dams and roads. Listed in the National Register March 14, 2008.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 14, 2008
Reference number
08000185
Architectural styles
American Movement; Other architectural type; Rustic Parkitecture
Areas of significance
Architecture; Community Planning and Development; Conservation; Entertainment/Recreation; Landscape Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic functions
Outdoor recreation; Park; Conservation area
Current functions
Outdoor recreation; Park; Conservation area
Period of significance
1925-1949
Significant years
1936; 1942
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 78
Contributing structures: 10
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 72
Non-contributing structures: 18

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • October 23, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description", "Overview" & "GPS Coordinates"

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Kings Mountain State Park Historic District
Posted July 14, 2014, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is actually located in York County, SC, not Cherokee County, SC.