Shenandoah National Park was finished under the supervision of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was an enthusiastic supporter of the park and the Skyline Drive. His Civilian Conservation Corps established six camps in the park area whose workers constructed roads, improved forest landscaping and wildlife conditions, and fought fires. Roosevelt also agreed to an extension of the drive southward, linking up the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks with a road that eventually became the Blue Ridge Parkway. In the photo at right, President Roosevelt, along with Virginia Governor George Peery, arrive at the park's dedication on July 3, 1936.
We seek to pass on to our children a richer land - a stronger nation. I, therefore, dedicate Shenandoah National Park to this and succeeding generations of Americans for the recreation and for the re-creation which we shall find here.
View the entire speech | View the newspaper account (The Daily Progress, Charlottesville)
More photos of the dedication are on this National Park Service Archive page.