This undated but clearly old photo is of the fire tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps on Stone Mountain. Bring your old stories and pictures to share at the memory tent at Saturday’s 75th anniversary of the High Knob Recreation Area. This is an original Coalfield Progress photo that Lois Boggs found in the U.S. Forest Service’s Clinch District archives.
NORTON — City council agreed Tuesday to contribute $500 to the High Knob Enhancement Corporation to help meet costs of a Saturday, July 25, event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the recreation area’s opening.
The funds also will support ongoing operations of the High Knob group as it continues to plan upgrades and additions to the recreation area, Chairman Lu Ellsworth told council.
Saturday’s event begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Activities will include sack races, three-legged races and egg/spoon races with High Knob t-shirts as prizes, along with horseshoe and badminton games.
History walks and talks will take place in the afternoon. The Civilian Conservation Corps, which built the recreation area between 1938 and 1942, will be honored for its work. Former CCC members or folks who enjoy memories of leisure time spent at High Knob are encouraged to bring their stories and pictures to share at a memory tent. A memory book will be available to write down stories and experiences.
Regional musicians will perform and there will be a 75th anniversary cake.
Event sponsors for the event include the High Knob Enhancement Corporation, the Clinch Coalition, the city of Norton, Wise County and Scott County boards of supervisors, Wise County/Norton Chamber of Commerce and Home Hardware and Furniture Co. Volunteers from across the community are also involved.