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Skyline Drive Historic District

  • Address: Skyline Dr
  • Vicinity: From the N entrance station at Front Royal to the S entrance station at Rockfish Gap
  • Demesne of Byrd in Shenandoah National Park
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Skyline Drive is primarily significant for its leading role in the movement to conserve and enhance the nation's natural resources in the eastern United States for enjoyment and outdoor recreation by the American public that gained momentum in the mid-1920s and continued through the 1930s. It represents efforts by the United States Government with the cooperation of the Commonwealth of Virginia to conserve the characteristic scenic and natural resources of the Central Appalachians and Blue Ridge in the form of Shenandoah National Park. Designed and constructed between 1930 and 1942, it played an important role in the efforts of the federal government to provide economic relief in the form of employment for both skilled and unskilled labor during the Great Depression. These programs included drought relief funding beginning in 1931, and the varied make-work and relief programs of the New Deal era (1933 to 1942) including the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Public Works Administration (PWA) and Works Progress Administration (WPA). These programs not only promoted economic stability but moreover reflected the social-humanitarian purposes of the New Deal, advanced the conservation of natural areas and expanded the recreational resources of the nation. - NRHP Registration



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event

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Particulars for Skyline Drive Historic District:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Community Planning and Development
Area of Significance Conservation
Historic Use Conservation Area
Area of Significance Engineering
Area of Significance Entertainment - Recreation
Owner Federal
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Landscape Architecture
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Outdoor recreation
Historic Use Park
Architectural Style Park Service Rustic
Area of Significance Politics-government
Historic Use Road-related
Area of Significance Social History
Area of Significance Transportation

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 28th April 1997

Registry Name: Skyline Drive Historic District
Registry Address: Shenandoah National Park, from the N entrance station at Front Royal to the S entrance station at Rockfish Gap
Registry Number: 97000375
Resource Type: District
Theme Group: Historic Park Landscapes in National and State Parks MPS
Owner: Federal
Architect: Multiple
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: NPS rustic architecture
Area in Acres: 3190
Contributing Buildings: 9
Non-Contributing Buildings: 8
Contributing Sites: 8
Non-Contributing Sites: 3
Contributing Structures: 136
Non-Contributing Structures: 67
Contributing Objects: 22
Non-Contributing Objects: 1
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination, Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Community Planning and Development, Conservation, Engineering, Architecture, Politics-government, Entertainment-recreation, Social history, Transportation, Landscape architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering, Event
Significant Year: 1931, 1933, 1936
Historic Function: Transportation, Landscape, Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Conservation area, Outdoor recreation, Road-related, Park
Current Function: Transportation, Recreation and Culture, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Outdoor recreation Road-related Natural feature Park

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