Weldon Burke



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Burke, Weldon




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Records the reminiscences of Weldon Burke, who grew up near the summit of Hazel Mountain, Virginia, prior to the establishment of Shenandoah National Park in 1934. Describes home and family life, daily chores, schooling, holidays and community events. Among the topics discussed are the growing, harvesting and preserving of food, raising livestock and gathering wild chestnuts and ginseng. Includes references to the tan bark industry, wakes and funerals, local merchants, and moonshiners.


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Personal Names

Burke, Weldon, 1904-1986

Family Names

Burke 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; Farm life -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Country life -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Agriculture -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Canning and preserving -- History; Cookery -- Virginia; Folklore -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History; Traditional medicine -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Folk music -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia; Ginseng; Chestnut blight; Bark peeling -- Virginia -- Rappahannock County -- History.

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Hazel Mountain (Va.) – History; Rappahannock County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local


Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999; McCormick, Debbie


Marston, Sharon G.

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

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SdArch SNP

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(SNP018) Weldon Burke interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith and Debbie McCormick, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston



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