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Tompkins, Lorraine




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Records an interview with Lorraine Tompkins, who was born on Old Rag Mountain, in Madison County, Virginia, shortly before the advent of Shenandoah National Park. Although her family relocated to nearby Syria, Virginia, when she was two years old, Mrs. Tompkins recounts numerous stories told to her by her older siblings, parents and grandparents. Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, herbal remedies, as well as tales of famous murders and local moonshiners.


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Tompkins, Lorraine, Interviews

Family Names

Tompkins family; Brown 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; Country life -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Traditional medicine -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia – History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.

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


Taylor, Norman


Cole, Tiffany

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Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

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SdArch SNP

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(SNP122) Lorraine Tompkins interviewed by Norman Taylor and transcribed by Tiffany Cole



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