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Camp David
Naval Support Facility Thurmont
Catoctin Mountain Park
Frederick County, Maryland, U.S.
Camp David.jpg
Main Lodge at Camp David during the Nixon administration, February 9, 1971
Type Military base
Built 1935 (1935)
Built by Works Progress Administration
Current
owner
United States U.S. Federal Government
Open to
the public
No
Controlled by  United States Navy
Occupants President of the United States
First Lady of the United States
Events Camp David Accords
2000 Camp David Summit
38th G8 summit


Camp David is the country retreat of the President of the United States. It is located in wooded hills of Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland, about 62 miles (100 km) north-northwest of Washington, D.C.. It is officially known as the Naval Support Facility Thurmont, because it is technically a military installation, and staffing is primarily provided by the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Originally known as Hi-Catoctin, Camp David was built as a camp for federal government agents and their families by the WPA. Construction started in 1935 and was completed in 1938. In 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt converted it to a presidential retreat and renamed it "Shangri-La" (for the fictional Himalayan paradise in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton, which he had jokingly referenced as the source of the Doolittle Raid earlier that year). Camp David received its present name from Dwight D. Eisenhower, in honor of his father and grandson, both named David.

The Catoctin Mountain Park does not indicate the location of Camp David on park maps due to privacy and security concerns.

Presidential use

Since it was built, every president up to and including Barack Obama has made use of the retreat.

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