(SNP 111) Bernice Shifflett interviewed by Amanda Moody, transcribed by Tiffany Cole - RESTRICTED


(SNP 111) Bernice Shifflett interviewed by Amanda Moody, transcribed by Tiffany Cole - RESTRICTED



Shifflett, Bernice B.,




1 audio file (running time: 2:13:31) :

Interview Number


Location of Interview

Mrs. Shifflett's home in Charlottesville, Va.

Date of Interview



"Records an interview with Bernice Shifflett, (née Shifflett), who lived near Swift Run Gap, in Greene County, Virginia, within the future boundaries of Shenandoah National Park. Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, raising livestock, holidays, funerals, chestnut harvests, bark peeling, and other local economic activities. Recalls some of the more definitive events occurring in the region, such as the devastating chestnut blight of the 1920s, the construction of Skyline Drive and a famous, local double murder. Mrs. Shifflett also describes the resettlement experiences of her family and her neighbors after the park took possession of their mountain properties.

For access to this interview, please contact JMU Special Collections (library-special@jmu.edu, or (540) 568-3612). Please reference the interview number SNP 111 when submitting your request.


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

Shifflett, Bernice B., (Bernice Belle), 1916-1999, Interviews

Family Names

Shifflett 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" "Country life -- Appalachian Region, Southern" "Bark peeling -- Virginia" "American chestnut" "Chestnut blight" "Homicide -- Virginia -- History"Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History; Funeral rites -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.

Place Names

Greene County (Va.) -- History; Rockingham County (Va.) -- History; Swift Run Gap (Va.) -- History; Skyline Drive (Va.) -- History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Moody, Amanda


Cole, Tiffany

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SC# 4030