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Millersylvania State Park
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Location Thurston, Washington, United States
Area 903 acres (365 ha)
Elevation 203 ft (62 m)
Established 1921
Operator Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Website Millersylvania State Park
Millersylvania State Park
Location 12245 Tilley Road, Olympia, Washington
Area 842 acres (341 ha)
Architect Civilian Conservation Corps;
Ebmeier, Ernest & Ellsworth Storey
Architectural style Bungalow/Craftsman
NRHP reference No. 09000732
Added to NRHP September 16, 2009

Millersylvania State Park is a public recreation area located on Deep Lake eight miles (13 km) south of Olympia, Washington. The state park's 903 acres (365 ha) include old-growth cedar and fir trees as well as 3,300 feet (1,000 m) of freshwater shoreline. In 2009, the park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its well-preserved Civilian Conservation Corps landscape. It is managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

History

The area was homesteaded by Squire Lathum in 1855 and then was sold to John Miller. The Miller family called the area Miller's Glade, before changing it Millersylvania and giving the property to the state in 1921 for perpetual use as a park. Remnants of a narrow-gauge railway, 19th-century skid roads, and other reminders of the logging industry can be found on park grounds, including tree stumps bearing the scars of springboards used by loggers. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps became active in the park constructing buildings, trails, roads, picnic shelters, bathhouses and a caretaker's home, most of which remain intact and in use.

Activities and amenities

The park offers camping, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking and biking trails, boating, fishing and swimming. Millersylvania was once reportedly home to a rare species of freshwater crab, as reported in the Miller family diaries, which became extinct due to overfishing by new settlers coming from the east.

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