The New Deal Comes to Delaware

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During the depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) had several camps in Delaware. These lyrics, set to the tune of "I’ve Been Working on the Railroad," came from a camp near Lewes.

The New Deal Comes to Delaware

During the depression, the federal government created the Civilian Conservation Corps to countermeasure the high unemployment of youth. Eight camps were set up in Delaware located in Lewes, Magnolia, Leipsic, Georgetown, Slaughter Beach, Frederica and Wyoming. One of their main functions was to dig drainage ditches for mosquito control. The "C C C" also planted trees, built picnic, camping and rest areas still in use today.

This document is from the collection of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The Administrative Records of Mosquito control includes correspondence, reports, drawings, statistics and organizational charts.