Rapidan Camp : the Brown House, Shenandoah National Park
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Rapidan Camp : the Brown House, Shenandoah National Park by Laurel A. Racine

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Published by Northeast Museum Services Center, National Park Service in [Charlestown, MA] .
Written in English



  • Camp Hoover (Va.),
  • Shenandoah National Park (Va.),
  • Virginia,
  • Shenandoah National Park.


  • Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 -- Homes and haunts -- Virginia -- Madison County.,
  • House furnishings -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park.,
  • Historic buildings -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park.,
  • Camp sites, facilities, etc. -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park.,
  • Camp Hoover (Va.),
  • Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Statementby Laurel A. Racine.
SeriesHistoric furnishings report
ContributionsUnited States. National Park Service. Northeast Museum Services Center.
LC ClassificationsE802 .R33 2001
The Physical Object
Pagination2 v. in 1 (xi, 294 p.) :
Number of Pages294
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3597902M
LC Control Number2002320544

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The Boy Scouts of America leased Rapidan Camp from through The National Park Service tore down all but three of the buildings in The last president to use the camp was Jimmy Carter in the late s. Three of Rapidan Camp's original buildings still stand: "The Brown House;" "The Prime Minister," cabin where Ramsey MacDonald. Home Blog Visiting Camp Rapidan in Shenandoah National Park Visiting Camp Rapidan in Shenandoah National Park Off of Skyline Drive, deep in Shenandoah National Park, is a small cabin sometimes referred to as the Brown House. This name was used to differentiate it from the owner’s other residence at the time, The White House. The Rapidan Camp tour departs from the Byrd Visitor Center at Big Meadows (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) in Shenandoah National Park. Address: Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center Big Meadows Visitor Road Stanley, VA The Park has four entrances that access Skyline Drive: Front Royal, Thornton Gap, Swift Run Gap, and Rockfish Gap. It is not recommended to rely on your . Rapidan Camp, the summer retreat established by President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover during his administration, is located within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park. The camp has been restored to its appearance and is an excellent reflection of not only its era, but also of President Hoover.

The National Park Service protects some of America's most special places including the homes and birthplaces of many of our presidents. Among them is the summer retreat of President Herbert Hoover, Rapidan Camp, in Shenandoah National Park. From tiny log cabins to palatial coastal mansions, the homes of our presidents reflect their lives and times. Rapidan Camp is located within the central district of Shenandoah National Park, a unit of the National Park System, which follows the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Front Royal, VA, in the north, to Rockfish Gap in the south. Park headquarters are located at U.S. Highway East, Luray, VA. 60 yards past "The Creel" house is the presidential main quarters known as the "Brown House".The rear deck on the "Brown House" is a great place to enjoy the same view former President Hoover and world dignitaries enjoyed back in the 's. When he left office, Herbert Hoover, and his wife Lou Henry Hoover, donated the land to the government to become part of the newly created Shenandoah. Shenandoah National Park January 17 Rapidan Camp served as a rustic retreat during President Hoover’s term from to The “Brown House” in contrast to their more famous residence, the White House, has since then been restored to its original appearance.

  mile loop, feet elevation gain Difficulty: Moderate Access: Trailhead off Skyline Drive (paved road), Shenandoah National Park entrance fee required The Rapidan Camp Loop is a hike through a variety of terrain, scenery, and history. The literal high point of the hike is the forested summit of Hazeltop, the third highest peak in the park. On the first day of Hoover transferred the camp’s acreage to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Hoover visited his former retreat for the last time in , ten years before his death. Today Camp Rapidan is located within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park.   The Brown House (as opposed to the White House) is where President Hoover stayed when he wanted to escape the heat, stress and formality of Washington, D.C. Below are photos of (left to right): The main entry to Brown House has steps that lead down to the Rapidan River; the house has a large patio overlooking the river – it was a popular place to relax in . When he left office, he turned over his beloved Rapidan Camp to Shenandoah National Park, a gift to the American People. This new edition features an additional epilogue section revealing the story of Rapidan Camp in its years as a retreat for Washington’s elite and its recent restoration.