Fayette County Park (Camp Beckwith) Compendium 1934-1939

My good friend, Melanie, asked if I had any clippings for the Fayette County Park. I did not. This series of blogs will rectify that oversight!

This is the first of at least five blogs I will be posting. Each will cover a decade of articles and information I have available to me. I will start with the 1930s articles and continue forward each day with a new decade.

The intention of these blogs will be to put together as many articles, clippings and facts as I can find about the Fayette County Park, Fayette County WV.

I may happen to omit some – so, if you are interested in a specific event during a specific timeframe – ask and I will gladly take a more concentrated look for it.

Each of the blogs will start out with the most current information and then will cover the articles for the assigned decade.

If you see any incorrect items PLEASE let me know. I am, by far, no expert on the Park and am just putting information together. ALSO: if you have reference material you would like to offer or suggestions on sites to explore for additional information, I gladly welcome that as well.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy!

Current Details:

Address 1268 Fayette County Park Rd – Fayetteville, WV 25840

Phone 304-574-1111

Website fayettecountypark@hughes.net

GPS Coordinates (according to Google Maps)
38.07826428514586, -81.15154266357422

From: https://www.whitewaterwhirl.org/fayettecountypark.htm

The Dance Hall (“Rec Hall”) is a wood and stone 1930’s structure with a great, very smooth 45′ X 60′ floor over joists; a big stage at one end, big stone fireplace at the other; lots of windows and 4 sets of very wide double doors to keep the hall comfortable. Probably the most well-ventilated hall you’ve ever danced in! Convenient rest rooms right off the dance area. Cozily but not at all crowded, the hall will hold 170 dancers. text

Just down the hill from the Rec Hall, the Dining Hall is another spacious wood/stone 1930’s structure with a (functional!) large stone fireplace which we’ll light in the evening if requested. Even if you bring your own food, please come eat it here if you like. The Dining Hall is also a nice place to jam and sing anytime: piano available, musicians very welcome!

This is a RUSTIC facility owned and operated by Fayette County, WV, which has limited resources.

Those camping or staying in cabins need to form a community to keep their space clean and report problems as they occur. We will use our volunteer resources as best we can to act on problems as they occur! 

Park / Camp Rules & Regulations

  1. Park opens at 8:00am and closes at 9:00pm.
  2. A 10-mph speed limit and one-way traffic designation will be enforced within the park.
  3. Trash and garbage is to be disposed of and the area cleaned before leaving.
  4. NO beer or intoxicating beverages are allowed on park grounds.
  5. NO pets allowed! No cats or dogs.
  6. NO soliciting.
  7. Office Hours: 8am – 4pm, Mon-Fri 8am – 6pm, Sat/Sun
  8. NO off-road vehicles allowed on park grounds.
  9. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN DISMISSAL FROM THE PARK.

General Information

The park is owned and operated by the Fayette County Commissioners.

Fayette County Park is about five miles west of Fayetteville, WV, near Beckwith, WV.

History of the Park

The Fayette County Park’s origin lies in a land grant from 1925 for 30 acres of land from Loup Creek Collieries, Inc. This grant was originally given to the Fayette County 4-H Club for a camp. During that summer the mess hall, kitchen, and well were constructed. From the beginning development of the park rested upon the shoulders of many donors who eventually turned a dream into a reality. 

By 1934 the camp property consisted of not only the mess hall, kitchen, and well but also a three room caretaker’s house nine cabins, a partially completed playing field, a shallow well with hand pump and a Delco LIght Plant. By 1936 a 40 x 60 recreation hall, three swimming pools, and a bathhouse had been added.

In 1954 ownership of the park was passed into the hands of the Fayette County Commission from the original owners.

Also Known As:

Camp Beckwith

4-H Camp

Clippings significant to the upkeep/management/layout:

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“145 Bills Becoming Laws Will Be Extensive In Their Scope”
The Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
17 Mar 1935, Sun  •  Page 13
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
18 Aug 1935, Sun  •  Page 12
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
16 Apr 1937, Fri  •  Page 8
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
17 Jul 1937, Sat  •  Page 12

These are the “personals: that reported on citizens in the area:

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Bluefield, West Virginia
12 Aug 1934, Sun  •  Page 10
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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Bluefield, West Virginia
19 Aug 1934, Sun  •  Page 16
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
10 Aug 1935, Sat  •  Page 5
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
20 Jul 1937, Tue  •  Page 2

Church Groups:

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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
04 Aug 1935, Sun  •  Page 6
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
28 Jun 1936, Sun  •  Page 3
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The Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
27 Jun 1937, Sun  •  Page 8

Coal Company Picnics:

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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
18 Aug 1935, Sun  •  Page 1
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
18 Aug 1935, Sun  •  Page 2

Group and Club Meetings / Exhibits / Programs:

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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
31 Jul 1936, Fri  •  Page 9
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
14 Aug 1936, Fri  •  Page 3
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The Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
09 Jun 1937, Wed  •  Page 3
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
02 Jul 1937, Fri  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
02 Jul 1937, Fri  •  Page 6
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
09 Jul 1937, Fri  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
09 Jul 1937, Fri  •  Page 3
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The Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
16 Jul 1937, Fri  •  Page 4
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
18 Jul 1937, Sun  •  Page 16
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
25 Jul 1937, Sun  •  Page 5
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
03 Sep 1937, Fri  •  Page 12
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
15 Jun 1939, Thu  •  Page 3

Scouts:

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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
11 May 1937, Tue  •  Page 7
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
23 Jul 1937, Fri  •  Page 10
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
08 Aug 1937, Sun  •  Page 8
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
13 Aug 1937, Fri  •  Page 11
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
15 Aug 1937, Sun  •  Page 16

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