Authors

LeRoy Nicholson

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Interviewee

Nicholson, LeRoy

Identifier

SNP100

Format

1 audio file (ca. 93 min.) :

Interview Number

SNP-100

Date of Interview

5-16-1979

Description

Records an interview with LeRoy Nicholson, who lived in Weakely Hollow, near Old Rag Mountain, in Madison County, Virginia, until 1929. Describes daily life in the mountains, the means of growing and preserving food and other aspects of the local economy. Discusses popular pastimes, herbal remedies, holidays, courtship, and the moonshine trade. Also discusses his memories of local entrepreneur, George Freeman Pollock, owner of Skyland resort, and his service with the Civilian Conservation Corps during the construction of Skyline Drive.

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

Nicholson, LeRoy 1917-1992, Interviews; Pollock, George Freeman, 1869-1949 -- Anecdotes

Family Names

Nicholson family; Sisk family

Subjects

Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.) -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park – History; Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.) Camp S-60 -- Shenandoah National Park – History; Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.) Company 1390 (Va.) – History; 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.); Folk music -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Funeral rites -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Hunting -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park; Courtship -- Virginia – History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.

Place Names

Madison County (Va.) – History; Weakley Hollow (Va.) -- History -- 20th century; Skyland (Va.) – History; Skyline Drive (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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(SNP100) LeRoy Nicholson interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley

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