Fayette County Park (Camp Beckwith) Compendium 1940-1949

Continuing to the next decade of information I can find on the Fayette County Park (Fayette County, WV) – let’s step into the 1940s.

This is the second 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.

If you missed the previous blog, it can be found here:

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.

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!

Random ponderance: It is interesting, while reading some of these articles, to see how women of society would band together in their groups and committees to ensure the young people who attended camps had activities and nutritious meals. I see that in the articles from the 1930s and the 1940s. In more modern times, these types of huge camps for young people (IMO) seem to be diminishing and, in some cases, are non-existent. Could it be that with the rise in equality for women and the movement of women into the workforce, their focus shifted to careers as their means to express their value in society? Maybe I am far fetched there, but it was something my brain tugged on this morning.

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

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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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
07 Jun 1942, Sun  •  Page 8
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
14 Jun 1942, Sun  •  Page 6
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
24 Jul 1942, Fri  •  Page 8
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
18 Jul 1943, Sun  •  Page 2
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
30 Jul 1943, Fri  •  Page 12
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
16 Jul 1944, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
23 Jul 1944, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
29 Jul 1945, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
03 Apr 1946, Wed  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
26 May 1946, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
02 Jun 1946, Sun  •  Page 18
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
06 Jun 1946, Thu  •  Page 4
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
27 Jun 1946, Thu  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
14 Jul 1946, Sun  •  Page 2
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
19 Jul 1946, Fri  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
06 Jul 1947, Sun  •  Page 6
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
10 Dec 1948, Fri  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
20 Jun 1949, Mon  •  Page 4
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
27 Jun 1949, Mon  •  Page 4
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
06 Jul 1949, Wed  •  Page 2
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
13 Jul 1949, Wed  •  Page 2
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
21 Dec 1949, Wed  •  Page 2

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

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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
26 Jul 1942, Sun  •  Page 6
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
26 Jul 1942, Sun  •  Page 3
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
11 Jul 1943, Sun  •  Page 3
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
15 Aug 1943, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
24 Jun 1945, Sun  •  Page 5
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
02 Jul 1946, Tue  •  Page 3
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
04 Aug 1946, Sun  •  Page 16
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
30 Jul 1948, Fri  •  Page 2

Church Groups:

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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
22 Aug 1943, Sun  •  Page 3
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
06 Aug 1944, Sun  •  Page 3
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
27 Jul 1945, Fri  •  Page 3
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
30 Jun 1946, Sun  •  Page 2
1946 Pineville youth go to Camp Beckwith -
Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
16 Aug 1946, Fri  •  Page 5
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
16 May 1947, Fri  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
22 Jun 1947, Sun  •  Page 5
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
25 Jun 1947, Wed  •  Pag
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
17 Jun 1948, Thu  •  Page 18
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
16 Jul 1948, Fri  •  Page 5
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
15 Aug 1948, Sun  •  Page 6
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
27 Apr 1949, Wed  •  Page 2
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
17 Jun 1949, Fri  •  Page 3
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
14 Aug 1949, Sun  •  Page 9

Group, Club and Company Meetings / Exhibits / Programs:

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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
24 May 1942, Sun  •  Page 7
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
31 May 1942, Sun  •  Page 16
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
14 Jun 1942, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
16 Jul 1942, Thu  •  Page 3
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
17 Sep 1942, Thu  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
09 Oct 1942, Fri  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
16 May 1943, Sun  •  Page 9
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
09 Jul 1944, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
27 Aug 1944, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
03 Dec 1944, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
08 Jul 1945, Sun  •  Page 2
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
20 May 1946, Mon  •  Page 12
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
16 Aug 1946, Fri  •  Page 2
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
06 Dec 1946, Fri  •  Page 2
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
16 May 1947, Fri  •  Page 2
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
12 Jun 1947, Thu  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
27 Jul 1947, Sun  •  Page 6
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
15 Aug 1947, Fri  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
28 Sep 1947, Sun  •  Page 12
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
30 Sep 1947, Tue  •  Page 2
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
27 Apr 1948, Tue  •  Page 2
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
11 Aug 1948, Wed  •  Page 3
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
27 Aug 1948, Fri  •  Page 6
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
07 Mar 1949, Mon  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
12 Apr 1949, Tue  •  Page 13
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
24 May 1949, Tue  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
06 Jun 1949, Mon  •  Page 12
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
03 Sep 1949, Sat  •  Page 2

Boy AND Girl Scouts:

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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
10 May 1942, Sun  •  Page 16
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
21 May 1942, Thu  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
09 May 1946, Thu  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
10 May 1946, Fri  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
28 Jul 1946, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
13 Oct 1946, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
24 Apr 1949, Sun  •  Page 19
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
31 May 1949, Tue  •  Page 16
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
05 Jun 1949, Sun  •  Page 2
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
08 Jun 1949, Wed  •  Page 5
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
25 Jun 1949, Sat  •  Page 3

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