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Baldwin, Joseph J.
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Location of Interview
Near Rileyville, Virginia
Date of Interview
Records the reminiscences of Joseph J. Baldwin, who grew up near the Big Meadows area of what would become Shenandoah National Park. Describes home and family life, daily chores, schooling, holidays and community events. Among the topics discussed are the growing, harvesting and preserving of food, dairy cows, traditional herbal medicines and fur trapping. Includes references to weddings, wakes and funerals, moonshiners, the chestnut tree blight and severe local droughts in the1930s.
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Baldwin, Joseph J., Interviews
Baldwin family; Pullen 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; 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; Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Marriage customs and rites -- Virginia; Trapping -- Virginia -- History; Dairy farming -- Virginia -- History; Droughts -- Virginia -- History; Chestnut blight.
Big Meadows (Va.) – History; Page County (Va.) -- History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local; Skyline Drive (Va.) – History.
Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999
Marston, Sharon G.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
Joseph J. Baldwin interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smit, December 13, 1979, SdArch SNP-8, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University