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!

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PROJECT PARTNER: Monongahela National Forest

SESSION DATES:   August 11-16  |  August 18-23  |  August 25-30

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TIMES:  Plan to arrive between 6pm and 8pm on the first day of your project session, and depart after lunch on the last day. Work will generally start around 8am each day, and we’ll wrap up around 4:30pm.

PROJECT DIFFICULTY:   

SITE INFORMATION:      Tent camping only    showers available

This project’s volunteer crew will work side-by-side with the young people from the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area national service program.  We have a group campsite reserved for tent campers. Volunteers who would like to bring an RV/trailer will need to reserve their own campsite in the recreation area. 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!

GOOD TO KNOW: No prior experience is required. HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, and equipment for volunteers on this project. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the lodging site. If a project requires a commute, we will plan to carpool to and from the jobsite. More general information is at the bottom of this page. 

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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’re inviting 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.

 

lake sherwood shelter

This traditional shelter is a hub of activity in summer 

Volunteers can enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming in Lake Sherwood! 

Scope of Work

Volunteers will work 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%
Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.

Logistics & More

  • Read our Volunteer FAQ! If you still have a question that’s not answered there, above, or below, please email us at volunteer@historicorps.org. We’re always happy to help.
  • Once you register you will receive an auto-confirmation in your email inbox. If you do not receive this confirmation, contact us at volunteer@historicorps.org to let us know. 
  • Each project session has one volunteer slot for a Kitchen Helper. If you’re interested in lending our Crew Leader & Camp Chef a hand in meal preparation, choose the “Kitchen Helper” position when you register. Kitchen Helpers are welcome to participate on the preservation work if they like, but are not necessarily expected to.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own tent or other sleeping setup (unless indoor lodging is provided), as well as sleeping gear and other personal gear including sturdy work clothes and work boots. Volunteers are also responsible for their own transportation to and from this project. 
    • Note: If you have a large RV/trailer, please contact us to confirm that your rig will fit in the available space. 
  • All volunteers are required to review and agree to the HistoriCorps Waiver & Release and Code of Conduct during the registration process.
  • We help you prepare for your preservation project through providing a “pre-arrival packet” via email. The packet contains a lot of information like: logistics, safety precautions, a suggested packing list, benefits for volunteers, and more.
  • HistoriCorps projects are multi-day sessions, where you will develop your skills over the course of the session, as well as build camaraderie with your crew and make a significant contribution to the preservation of this building. We can only very occasionally accommodate volunteers who require a shorter session. Please email us at volunteer@historicorps.org for more information.

We are always ready to answer your questions. Once you register, expect us to be in touch a few times before your project begins to confirm attendance, offer advice, and share updates. Thank you always! Really, we can’t do it without you.

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After registering, you should receive an auto-confirmation via email. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact us at volunteer@historicorps.org.