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Beahm, Lyle Edward




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Interview Number


Location of Interview

Jewell Hollow, near Luray, Virginia

Date of Interview



Records the reminiscences of Lyle E. Beahm, who was born in the Jewell Hollow area of Page County, Virginia, on a farm that would eventually become part of Shenandoah National Park. Describes his early home and family life, school days at the Shenk Hollow School, farm chores,and folk remedies. Discusses family gatherings, such as apple butter boilings, hog butchering and funerals. Briefly mentions the Civilian Conservation Corps, racial segregation and intra-family marriages. An unnamed woman, identified only as Mrs. in the transcript, and believed to be Eva Sours, contributes to the interview as well.


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Personal Names

Beahm, Lyle Edward, 1908-1992, Interviews; Sours, Eva C., Interviews

Family Names

Beahm family; Sowers family.


Shenk Hollow School (Va.); Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.) -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park -- 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; Farm life -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Country life -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Agriculture -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Apples -- 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.); Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Consanguinity; Inbreeding; Segregation -- Virginia -- Page County -- History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.

Place Names

Jewell Hollow (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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(SNP012) Lyle Beahm interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston



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