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Presidential Retreat: 1929

Presidential Retreat: 1929

August 17, 1929. "Hoover camp on the Rapidan." President Herbert Hoover's rustic retreat in Madison County, Virginia, on the Rapidan River in Shenandoah National Park. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Some of it, anyway. Three remaining cabins, including Hoover's own "Brown House," were restored in the early naughties. It's about a two hour hike, with van service sometimes available from Skyline Drive's Big Meadows. It's worth seeing.

Alternate title.

"The Revenuers bust the Clampetts."

Calm Before the Storm

Black Tuesday was just over two months from the date of this photograph.

Come on guys have fun!

Too many hangers on just standing around doing nothing. Cottages are for having fun!

A cow, not a mark

In the early 70's I worked with an old brakeman who had been in the Army Air Corps in the late 20's/early 30's.

Old Ted told me about the time he and his pilot were detailed to deliver President Hoover's mail to his retreat in Virginia. They were given instructions how to get there, and were to drop the mail near a marker in a field near Hoover's Summer White House.

Unfortunately, Ted and his pilot were badly hung over after staying up late and drinking too much.

Loading the mail, they took off. They found the mark and, dropping Hoover's important mail, returned to the air field. The "mark" wasn't a mark at all, but a mostly white cow. (An honest mistake when you're bleary-eyed and hurting.)

No, they weren't sent down there anymore, and yes, they had trouble, but I'm happy to say Ted's behavior was sterling in the years I knew him.

If only they knew

in such a short time, in addition to Hoover Camp, there would be Hoovervilles springing up all over.

A formal rustic retreat, of course.

They all seem quite enthralled with whatever the ghost is doing.

A G-G-G-GHOST! (to quote every Casper cartoon ever made)

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