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Records the reminiscences of Harold Baugher who grew up in Swift Run, Virginia, in the 1930s, on a farm that became part of Shenandoah National Park. Describes home and family life, daily chores, schooling, holidays and community events. Among the topics discussed are the growing, harvesting and preserving of food, traditional herbal medicines and apple orchards. Includes references to wakes and funerals, sorghum production, bark peeling, Kris Kringling and the evictions of local families to make way for the national park.
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Baugher, Harold, Interviews
Bowers family; Wyant family
Mountain people -- Blue Ridge Mountains -- Social life and customs. Mountain life -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History; Mountain people -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park -- Social life and customs; Rural poor -- Virginia; Farm life -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Country life -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Agriculture -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Sorghum industry -- Virginia; Apples -- Virginia; Folklore -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History; Traditional medicine -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Folk music -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Bark peeling -- Virginia -- Rockingham County -- History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.
Swift Run (Va.) – History; Rockingham County (Va.) -- History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.
Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999 Interviewer.
Marston, Sharon G, Transcriber.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
SdArch SNP, (formerly SC# 4030)
SdArch no. SNP-9, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, SdArch SNP, (SC# 4030), Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.