The Pine Mountain Valley Project: "Valley Houses"
The "Valley Houses" shared the same design for simplicity and construction purposes. They were built sturdy and many still stand as a testament to the project.
At the height of the Great Depression, FDR developed a plan to have city people on government welfare programs become involved in farming. As part of the Resettlement Act, he had engineers map out a plot of land below Dowdell's Knob. This experimental program, called the Pine Mountain Valley Resettlement Project, was located near the Civilian Conservation Coprs camp at Pine Mountain. The houses constructed in the Valley were all alike. Each farm had a barn, chicken coop and some land to work. Families chosen had to be of high moral character. if chosen to receive a loan for one of the homes, called Valley Houses, new farmers could use profits from their farm to repay their loan. There were numerous enterprises in the community including dairy, fruit, cattle and goat farms, canning and furniture plants, and a commissary. This program began to lose support in Congress as the Second World War drew near. The program was shut down in 1945. Many of the original houses are still lived in today.
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