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Camp Hoover, two miles upriver, was constructed by the Hoover administration as a Presidential retreat (meeting the President's requirement that it be within 100 miles of the White House only when a new shortcut was built), and was the immediate predecessor of Roosevelt's Shangri-La, later renamed Camp David.

In 1931, cabins 1, 2, 3, and 4 were built by the US Marines as a supplemental facility for members of Hoover’s cabinet. These four cabins were built on private property that was expected to become part of Shenandoah National Park, but was never purchased by the Federal Government.

In 1953, Rapidan Camps, Inc., was formed as a co-op in Grenbelt Maryland to purchase the four cabins. The cooperative had 14 members when it made that initial purchase; each member bought a $100 share.  Cabin 5 was originally a private cabin, but was later bought by Rapidan Camps as well.

The membership of Rapidan Camps now consists of approximately 100 families, mostly from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

If you would like a copy of our history prepared by Treasurer David Heiby for our fiftieth anniversary, please use the contact address at the bottom of the page.

Much more detail about the history of Hoover’s camp, including our cabins, is available on Wikipedia.

For questions about Rapidan Camps, please contact the President and Registrar via email.