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Shade Swamp Shelter is located in Connecticut
Shade Swamp Shelter
Location in Connecticut
Shade Swamp Shelter is located in the United States
Shade Swamp Shelter
Location in the United States
Location US 6 E of New Britain Ave., Farmington, Connecticut
Area 6.5 acres (2.6 ha)
Built 1934 (1934)
Architect Civilian Conservation Corps
Architectural style Rustic
MPS Connecticut State Park and Forest Depression-Era Federal Work Relief Programs Structures TR
NRHP reference No. 86001746
Added to NRHP September 04, 1986

The Shade Swamp Shelter is a historic rustic shelter on the north side United States Route 6, just east of New Britain Avenue in Farmington, Connecticut. Built in 1934 by a crew of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), it is one of the state's finest examples of the CCC's Rustic architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

Description and history

The Shade Swamp Shelter is located in southwestern Farmington, a largely rural-suburban area. It stands at the southern end of the Shade Swamp Wildlife Management area, a 174-acre (70 ha) state-owned area bounded on the south by US 6, and the west by New Britain Avenue, with the Pequabuck River draining most of its swampland near its eastern edge. It stands adjacent to a small gravel parking area, which serves as a trailhead for a Blue-Blazed Trail into the area. It is a modest open post-and-beam log structure, with lattice framing at the corners and diagonal support braces. The interior floor is flagstone, with a rustic bench built around the perimeter. The roof is supported by log rafters and finished in wooden shingles; in a distinctive flourish, the interior ceiling is finished in white birch logs arranged in a chevron pattern.

The state began acquiring portions of Shade Swamp as a management area beginning in 1926. The shelter was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, as part of a trail-building program into the underutilized area. Despite its public location (it is visible from the road), the shelter remains in good condition, and the ceiling is a stylistic detail not seen in the state's other surviving CCC structures.

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