Sallie Atkins



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Atkins, Sallie




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Interview Number


Location of Interview

The home of Beulah Atkins in Sperryville, Virginia

Date of Interview



Records the reminiscences of sisters Sallie Atkins and Lela Dodson, who were raised in in a one room log cabin near Hazel Mountain, Virginia, prior to the establishment of Shenandoah National Park in 1934. They are joined by childhood friend, Beulah Atkins, who lived nearby. Describes home and family life, daily chores, schooling, holidays and community events. Among the topics discussed are the growing, harvesting and preserving of food, soap making, raising livestock and wild game hunting. Includes references to the tan bark industry, wakes and funerals, and local shoemakers and merchants


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Personal Names

Atkins, Sallie, Interviews; Lela Dodson, Interviews; Atkins, Beulah, Interviews.

Family Names

Atkins family; Dodson 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; Shoemakers -- Virginia -- History; Bark peeling -- Virginia -- Rappahannock County – History.

Place Names

Beech Spring (Va.) – History; Sperryville (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


Bradley, Peggy C.

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SdArch SNP

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(SNP005) Sallie Atkins interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley



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