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Camp Greentop Historic District

Camp Greentop Historic District
Camp Greentop Historic District
Nearest city Thurmont, Maryland

39°38′39″N 77°28′35″W / 39.64417°N 77.47639°W / 39.64417; -77.47639Coordinates: 39°38′39″N 77°28′35″W / 39.64417°N 77.47639°W / 39.64417; -77.47639

Built 1938
Architect WPA; NPS
Architectural style Other
Governing body National Park Service
MPS ECW Architecture in Catoctin Mountain Park MPS
NRHP Reference # 89001583
Added to NRHP October 11, 1989[1]

Camp Greentop is located in Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland. The camp was built by the Works Progress Administration labor program in the development of what was then known as the Catoctin Mountain Recreational Development Area, and comprises 22 rustic log buildings including sleeping cabins, administrative buildings and lodges. All were built between 1934 and 1938. The buildings are a simplified version of the National Park Service Rustic style.[2] The camp was originally to duplicate the design of Camp Misty Mount, but was modified during construction for use by the Baltimore League for Crippled Children, making it one of the first handicap-accessible facilities in the United States.[3] Greentop is presently used by organized youth groups.

The camp was designed to accommodate 150 people, organized into units of 30. As a matter of policy, a swimming pool was provided, as no natural alternative existed. The cabins with siding exteriors used "waney board" siding, with boards cut from untrimmed logs, resulting in irregular, wavy or "waney" edges. The design modifications at Greentop to accommodate handicapped children reduced capacity to 98.[4]

Greentop is also known as Camp 2: Camp 1 is Camp Misty Mount and Camp 3, originally called Camp Hi-Catoctin and located at a much higher elevation, became Camp David.[4]


External links

  • Camp (2) Greentop Historic District, Frederick County, including photo in 2002, at Maryland Historical Trust
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