(SNP097) William R. Morris interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith


(SNP097) William R. Morris interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith



Morris, William R.,




1 audio file (ca. 78 min.) :

Interview Number


Date of Interview



Records an interview with William Morris, who lived in Bacon Hollow, near the town of Elkton, in Rockingham County, Virginia. 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, bark peeling and the moonshine trade. Mr. Morris' wife, Lillian, (née Shiflett), is also present for the interview and contributes throughout.


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Personal Names

Morris, William R., (William Robert), 1913-1998, Interviews; Morris, Lillian V., (Lillian Virginia), Interviews

Family Names

Morris family; 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; 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; Mules; Land use -- Government policy -- United States; Distilling, Illicit – Virginia; Bark peeling -- Virginia -- Rockingham County – History.

Place Names

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


Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SdArch SNP, (formerly SC# 4030)

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