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Chapman, Charles T.




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Interview Number


Location of Interview

Luray, Virginia.

Date of Interview



Records a brief interview with Charles Chapman, a life-long resident of Luray, Virginia, and a carillonneur of international renown. Mr. Chapman's father owned a grocery store in Luray that served many of the local mountain families from 1904 until the 1940s. Recalls his earliest memories of the mountain people and their transactions with his father. Includes references to the annual chestnut harvest and seasonal mountain wildfires. Mr. Chapman also reminisces about local entrepreneur, George Pollock, owner of nearby Skyland resort.


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Personal Names

Chapman, Charles T., 1904-1986; Pollock, George Freeman, 1869-1949.

Family Names

Chapman 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; Carillonneurs -- Virginia – Interviews; Wildfires -- Virginia – History; fires -- Virginia -- History.

Place Names

Skyland (Va.); Luray (Va.) – History; Page County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999


Marston, Sharon G.

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SdArch SNP

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(SNP027) Charles Chapman interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston



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