Picnic Pavilion with Exhibit - Ricker Pond State Park - Groton, VT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 44° 14.740 W 072° 14.857
18T E 719760 N 4902843
Quick Description: The Groton State Forest and the state parks embedded in it, including Ricker State Park, were the beneficiaries of several CCC projects, including this surviving picnic pavilion.
Location: Vermont, United States
Date Posted: 9/2/2015 6:13:12 PM
Waymark Code: WMPHK9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenit
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Long Description:
In Groton, within Groton State Forest, is Ricker State Park, which was the beneficiary of several CCC projects, including this picnic pavilion.

Ricker State Park is now a campground, located on the east side of Vermont Route 232. I'm not sure about any fees or limits to access if you are not staying at the campground. I stayed at the campground for a night. The featured structure is located at the end of a drive for the tent and trailer portion of the campground - the eastern cluster of sites. It is near a small beach at Ricker Pond.

The wooden structure has two sections. One is open on three sides, and walled - with a stone fireplace - on the fourth wall. The second section is fully enclosed with windows and a door. Both sections have a peaked roof.

The park web site has an excellent document about CCC activity in Groton Woods. This is what it says about Ricker Pond State Park.

" In 1933, CCC Company 1217 from New York City was stationed at Ricker Mills and then followed by Company 1162 in 1935. Ricker Pond was originally a picnic area with a log shelter, 10 picnic sites with
stone fireplaces, and a staff cabin (rangers quarters). Where the current campsite #1 exists, you can find an 8’ granite picnic table carved into the rock. In 1941-42, another small cabin was built, which is used today as a weekly rental cottage. "

I was not able to see the granite table in camp site 1 along the eastern drive as there were campers occupying the location and it isn't easy to see into the site.

In the picnic table area is a temporary exhibit that was about recent projects done by modern groups to restore park facilities, including the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. On it had this statement:

"Perry Merrill was the State Forester from 1930-1955 and was instrumental in bringing the Civilian Conservation Corps to Vermont..."


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