Lake Sherwood Shelter, WV 2019
An incredibly pleasant paradise in Appalachia, this CCC-built shelter on the shores of the expansive Lake Sherwood needs some TLC to continue hosting family picnics!
PROJECT PARTNER: Monongahela National Forest
SESSION DATES: August 11-16 | August 18-23 | August 25-30
This project’s volunteer crew worked side-by-side with the young people from the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area national service program. We had a group campsite reserved for tent campers. Learn more about the area’s amenities here.
LOCATION: Just northeast of White Sulphur Springs, WV. Make sure to take time to visit some of the historic hot springs nearby!
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Project Site Description & History
The Monongahela (Mo-NON-guh-HEE-lah) National Forest offers scenic expanses, bucolic country roads, excellent streams and rivers, and multiple recreation areas to camp and picnic in. Established in 1920, the legacy of the CCC is strong in this forest – and it remains one of the most ecologically diverse in the country. HistoriCorps has enjoyed working with “the Mon” for years, often engaging members of the forest’s awarded Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (AFHA) AmeriCorps team to save places that matter, for pubic benefit. This summer, we invited volunteers to join the AFHA members to save the Lake Sherwood picnic shelter!
At 156 square acres, Lake Sherwood is quite large – in fact, it’s the largest lake in the Monongahela National Forest! Tucked away in the mountains of West Virginia, not far from historic hot springs, the recreation area is a veritable oasis. Campgrounds, swimming beaches, a picnic area, several hiking trails, and a boat ramp are enjoyed by visitors from miles around. If that’s not enough to inspire you, consider this: certain parts of the Monongahela offer some of the best night-sky watching in the Eastern US. Volunteers may see otter, mink, foxes, wild turkeys, and even the elusive bobcat during their time here! Below the water, “anglers seek tiger muskie, channel catfish, bullhead, bluegill and largemouth bass. Boating is a big draw as well. Hikers have the option of exploring Lake Sherwood Trail, Upper Meadow Trail, Meadow Mountain Trail and Meadow Creek.” – Monongahela National Forest
Unique to West Virginia are locally-sourced and -inspired restaurants, breweries, and even distilleries. Make time to visit some of these one-in-a-kind destinations – and maybe even bring back a bottle of “the good stuff.” Browse local tourism opportunities here.
This traditional shelter is a hub of activity in summer
Volunteers can enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming in Lake Sherwood!
Scope of Work
Volunteers worked alongside expert field staff to learn the skills necessary to preserve this well-loved shelter. Plan to work at heights, either on scaffolding or safely harnessed in, for the majority of this project’s work.
- Remove and replace deteriorated shake roof 60%
- Repair/replace roof decking where necessary 10%
- Repoint loose mortar in flagstone paving 15%
- Lay new flagstone where needed 15%