Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps:
Company 1333 – Camp S-63, Poe Valley

Sunday, July 23Lunchtime
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

@ Poe Valley State Park, Pavilion #1 near the swimming area. Park Map

The Centre County Historical Society is pleased to partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and William Marcum, research authority on the Poe Valley CCC Camp to invite the public to attend a day long program about the Civil Conservation Corps.  The program will take place at Poe Valley State Park, in the quiet mountain valley that surrounds Poe Lake, a perfect place for a family day.

Mess Hall lineup

Experience “Chow Time” of yesteryear this year! Enjoy a FREE lunch featuring real menu items from authentic CCC recipes and menu boards. While lunch is free, it would be helpful for us to know how many plan to attend. Click here to RSVP for lunch or call (814) 234-4779.

Learn about life in a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Share with others and learn how events brought about the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps program that included the construction of Poe Valley State Park. Enjoy a stroll along Poe Valley Lake that resulted from the construction of an earthen and masonry dam through the works of CCC Company 1333 Camp S-63 located near the park. We hope that you will visit the site where the camp was erected and tour the original officer’s quarters building at the end of the day.

A collection of memorabilia will be on display for you to enjoy and you may bring any mementos you have that you wish to share with others.

This is an event for everyone and all ages.  CCC veterans, sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, nieces, nephews, extended family members, CCC history buffs, local historians, are encouraged to attend and bring your CCC stories, questions and step back in time!

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and contributors, this is a free and family friendly event; donations are welcomed.

Tentative Schedule:           

  • 10:30–10:40 a.m. Welcome
  • 10:40–10:50 a.m. Introduction of Veterans
  • 10:50–11:35 a.m. CCC Company 1333, Camp S-63 Introduction (By Jack Yarnall, current property owner & Historian, Bill Marcum)
  • 11:35–12:00 p.m. TBD
  • 12:00–12:45 p.m. Free Lunch (same menu served in camp)
  • 12:45–1:15 p.m. TBD
  • 1:15–2:15 p.m. CCC Company 1333, Camp S-63 History (By Historian, Bill Marcum)
  • 2:30–2:40 p.m. Showing of Camp S-63 Motion Picture dated July 1936
  • 2:40–3:30 p.m. CCC Company 1333, Camp S-63 History (By Historian, Bill Marcum)
  • 3:30–4:00 p.m. Visit to CCC Constructed, Fire Tower Watchers Cabin or CCC Officers Cabin

Speaker Bill Marcum, born and raised in Coburn, was first introduced to the works of the CCC through many stories told to him by his grandfather, who was the Senior Foreman in the Poe Valley CCC Camp S-63 Company 1333.  He started collecting Poe Valley CCC memorabilia after the passing of his grandfather, and subsequently learned his other grandfather helped erect CCC camps in Virginia, and uncle was an enrollee in a CCC camp in Virginia.

Thank you to the generosity of the following sponsors and contributors.



Additional sponsorships are still available.


2014 Centre Daily Times – Building history Civilian Conservation Corps celebrated with Legacy Day at Poe Valley State Park

Poe Valley Dam and Lake constructed by the Camp S-63 Civilian Conservation Corps

Street Address:
Poe Valley State Park
136 Poe Valley Park Circle
Coburn, PA 16832
Phone: 814-349-2460

For GPS devices use the following address:
136 Poe Valley Park Circle
Coburn, PA 16832

Park Map