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Weaver, Delmar F.




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Interview Number


Location of Interview

Culpeper, Virginia

Date of Interview



Records an interview with Dr. Delmar Weaver, who served the mountain families near Madison and Stanardsville, Virginia, in the early 1930s. Describes the more common ailments and injuries associated with the mountain people, such as pneumonia, rickets and diphtheria, as well as less common diseases such as polio and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Recalls the great lengths to which he and other local doctors went to reach and treat their patients, often for very little pay. Doctor Weaver describes some of the eight murder victims he encountered during the two and a half years he practiced in the region.


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Personal Names

Weaver, Delmar F., Interviews

Family Names

Weaver family


Physicians – Virginia; Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia – History; Mountain people -- Blue Ridge Mountains -- Social life and customs; Mountain people -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park -- Social life and customs; Rural poor -- Health and hygiene – Virginia; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Country life -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Land use -- Government policy – Virginia.

Place Names

Blue Ridge Mountains -- Economic conditions; Greene County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local


Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999


Zirkle, Janna W.

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SdArch SNP

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(SNP129) Delmar Weaver, MD interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Janna W. Zirkle



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