Nestled in the countryside of Maryland, in the Catoctin Mountain Park, is the presidential country retreat known as Camp David.
The first parts of the complex were built by the Works Progress Administration in 1935, and Franklin D. Roosevelt made it the presidential retreat. FDR originally named the property “Shangri-La,” a name it kept until the Eisenhower administration, who named it Camp David after his grandson.
The compound has expanded over the years, with new cabins being built and even a pool. It has also been the site of diplomatic events like the Camp David Accords in 1978 and the G8 summit in 2012.
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The original name of Camp David was Shangri-La, the name of a fictional Himalayan paradise in the 1933 novel “Lost Horizon.”
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower took office, he renamed the property “Camp David,” after his father and grandson who had the same name.
By the end of the Eisenhower administration, Camp David looked like this. The president’s cabin — Aspen Lodge — was originally called the Bear’s Den by FDR.
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