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Anderson, Ada




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Records the reminiscences of Ada Addie Anderson, (née Smith), with contributions from Vallie Cave, Beulah Sirbaugh and Nell Woodward. Due to the conversational nature of the interview, only Mrs. Anderson's and the interviewer's remarks are identified in the transcript, with comments from the other participants dispersed throughout. 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 numerous references to and anecdotes about family members, friends and neighbors known to all four women.


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Personal Names

Anderson, Ada, 1891-1979, Interviews; Cave, Vallie V., 1906-1990, Interviews; Sirbaugh, Beulah, C., 1920-2010, Interviews; Woodward, Nellie, 1920-2006, Interviews.

Family Names

Anderson family; Cave family; Jenkins family; Smith 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.).

Place Names

Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local; "Madison County (Va.) -- History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs.


Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999

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Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

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SdArch SNP

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(SNP002) Ada Addie Anderson interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley



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