(SNP 122) Lorraine Tompkins interviewed by Norman Taylor and transcribed by Tiffany Cole - RESTRICTED

Title

(SNP 122) Lorraine Tompkins interviewed by Norman Taylor and transcribed by Tiffany Cole - RESTRICTED

Files

Interviewee

Tompkins, Lorraine,

Identifier

SNP122

Format

1 audio file (running time: 0:55:34) :

Interview Number

SNP-122

Date of Interview

8-31-1991

Description

Records an interview with Lorraine Tompkins, who was born on Old Rag Mountain, in Madison County, Virginia, shortly before the advent of Shenandoah National Park. Although her family relocated to nearby Syria, Virginia, when she was two years old, Mrs. Tompkins recounts numerous stories told to her by her older siblings, parents and grandparents. Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, herbal remedies, as well as tales of famous murders and local moonshiners.

For access to this interview, please contact JMU Special Collections (library-special@jmu.edu, or (540) 568-3612). Please reference the interview number SNP 122 when submitting your request.

Rights

Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of James Madison University's Libraries & Educational Technologies' Special Collections (540) 568-3612, library-special@jmu.edu

Personal Names

Tompkins, Lorraine, Interviews

Family Names

Tompkins family; Brown family

Subjects

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; Country life -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Traditional medicine -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia – History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.

Place Names

Old Rag Mountain (Va.) -- History; Madison County (Va.) -- History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.

Interviewer

Taylor, Norman

Transcriber

Cole, Tiffany

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SC# 4030