Authors

E. P. Shifflet

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Interviewee

Shifflet, E.P.,

Identifier

SNP110

Format

1 audio file (running time: 1:22:47) :

Interview Number

SNP-110

Location of Interview

The Shifflet's home in Greene County, Va

Date of Interview

7-30-1979

Description

Records an interview with E.P. Shifflet and his wife, Maude, (née Morris), who lived in Bacon Hollow, within the future boundaries of Shenandoah National Park. Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, herbal remedies, courtship, and funeral rituals, as well as holiday celebrations. The Shifflets also recall several individuals who were killed in Bacon Hollow, usually as a result of feuds between rival moonshiners. An addendum to the interview transcript, provided by Dorothy Smith, documents several homicides and trials of Bacon Hollow residents from the early part of the century.

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

Shifflet, E.P., (Enoch Pat), 1903-1986, Interviews; Shifflet, Maude Florence, 1905-1993, Interviews

Family Names

Shifflett family; Morris 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; Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Courtship -- Virginia – History; Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia – History; Vendetta -- Virginia -- Greene County -- History -- 20th century; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.

Place Names

Greene County (Va.) – History; Bacon Hollow (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.

Interviewer

Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999

Transcriber

Bradley, Peggy C.

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SdArch SNP, (formerly SC# 4030)

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(SNP110) E.P. and Maude Shifflet interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley

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