There is a beautiful state park on the shores of Lake Ontario that has a bit of a dark history.

Hamlin Beach State Park was built in the 1930s during the great depression. The Civilian Conservation Corps, a Great Depression work program, built the state park. Not only did they build the park they also lived there in a camp.

When WWII broke out it was decided that the US Army needed more room for German prisoners of war so they converted the old CCC camp into a POW camp. Then the war was over and the prisoners were released the camp was torn down.

There are still remnants of the old camp at Hamlin Beach State Park and a walking trail to learn the history of the CCC/POW camp on the site.

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