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Film of Geneva State Park in 1935 – The area dates back to prehistoric man

Geneva State Park dates back to prehistoric man

Geneva is a very historic county in Alabama. Some archaeologists date the area back to prehistoric man.


In the early 1930’s Jackson Lumber Company in Geneva, Alabama transferred the lands now known as Geneva State Forest to the State of Alabama.

A common practice of landowners in the 1920’s and 1930’s was to extensively clear-cut timber sites. After a site was clear-cut the land seemed to be of little use; the stumps remaining presented a major obstacle to turn the land into farmland and it was not considered economical to replant.

Geneva State Forest

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Jackson Lumber tried to sell the land for fifty cents per acre

The Jackson Lumber Company unsuccessfully tried to sell this area of land (GSF) as low as fifty cents per acre. Rather than pay taxes on land considered of low value it was donated to the State of Alabama.

During this period the United States was in a severe depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented programs to assist the economy. One program was the Civilian Conservation Corp. (CCC) and its purpose was to conserve and develop natural resources by activities such as planting trees, building dams, and fighting forest fires.

CCC Camp built the park

There were several of the CCC camps located throughout the State of Alabama. One camp was located on what is now known as the Geneva State Forest. The young men in this camp regenerated the surrounding lands by hand planting tree seedlings.

Lakeview in Geneva State Park

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Today, Geneva State Forest is Alabama’s largest state forest

Once considered useless or of little value the Geneva State Forest now has an extremely high monetary value as well as the preservation value for future generations. Through the sale of timber Geneva State Forest has produced millions of dollars in revenue for the State of Alabama, which contributes to the overall state economy.

Today Geneva State Forest (GSF) is Alabama’s largest state forest. Managed by the Alabama Forestry Commission encompassing 7,120 acres of predominately longleaf pine Geneva State Forest provides the state of Alabama with one of the most valuable natural resources Timber!

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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6 comments

  1. 12 miles west of Geneva is the little town of Samson, where I lived until I was 10…

    On west main street, on the right as you pass Clements street, there was a giant sawdust pile. May still be there. My grandfather, Howell M. Jones, worked at that lumber company…

  2. My ancestors, the WHITAKERs, were said to have been instrumental in starting the town of Geneva.

  3. Bobby Wayne Brand

    Back then people built to restore and protect nature.

  4. Lynn Sedwick

    Enjoyed the pictures, also enjoyed the music.

  5. Mark Williams

    Kc Nelson looks like good quail land to me!

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