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Camp (1) Misty Mount Historic District
Inventory No.: F-6-43
Date Listed: 10/11/1989
Location: Park Central Road , Thurmont, Frederick County
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: 1937
Architect/Builder: Builder: WPA, NPS laborers
Description: The Camp Misty Mount Historic District encompasses 72 acres and contains 35 buildings and structures that support overnight organized camping activities. Among the contributing buildings are a dining hall/kitchen, administration/office, infirmary, staff quarters, helps' quarters, and craft shop/nature cabin. These serve as a hub of buildings shared by occupants of the three individual unit camps. Each unit camp is situated like a satellite group of buildings that includes a latrine, lodge, six 4-person camper cabins, and one or two leaders' cabins. A swimming pool, adjacent shower house/laundry, and two unit latrines are modern, non-historic constructions. All modern dining hall, swimming pool, and related buildings are omitted from the district. The quality, craftsmanship, and carefully articulated design of architecture and landscape architectural elements developed from 1935 to 1938 has been largely maintained, thus preserving the spirit and character in which the camp was conceived and built. Significance: All contributing buildings in the Camp Misty Mount park are 50 years or older and represent a single property type--public recreation. The grouping of 35 buildings is intact and representative of two themes: the human and natural conservation efforts of New Deal programs, specifically RDAs, and the development of National Park Service-sponsored rustic architecture in concert with the rise of outdoor recreation, both movements of the 1930s. While not individually noteworthy, the collective buildings of this organized cabin camp represent a design harmony with the natural and manmade landscape, as well as homage to indigenous materials, vernacular styling, and a hand-crafted aesthetic.
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