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Abel, Arlene Carr
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Location of Interview
Recorded at Mrs. Abel's home
Date of Interview
Records the reminiscences of Arlene Carr Abel who grew up in Sugar Hollow, Virginia, prior to the establishment of Shenandoah National Park in 1934. Describes her home and family life, schooling, holidays and community events. Among the topics discussed are the growing, harvesting and preserving of food, corn shucking and apple butter boiling parties, wild game hunting, home remedies and folk medicine. Includes references to holiday celebrations, mountain music, her father's occupation as a tanner and tales of local moonshiner.
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Abel, Arlene Carr, Interviews
Abel family; Carr 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; Tanneries.
Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Sugar Hollow (Va.) -- History; Rappahannock County (Va.) -- History -- Sources
Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999 Interviewer.
Marston, Sharon G.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
Arlene Carr Abel interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, October 2, 1979, SdArch SNP-1, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University