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Abel, Arlene Carr




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Interview Number


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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Personal Names

Abel, Arlene Carr, Interviews

Family Names

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.

Place Names

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.

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SdArch SNP

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(SNP001) Arlene Carr Abel interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston



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