(SNP010) - Restricted Virginia H. Taylor interviewed by Matthew Dalbey


(SNP010) - Restricted Virginia H. Taylor interviewed by Matthew Dalbey



Taylor, Virginia H.,




1 transcript (18 leaves 28 cm.) :

Interview Number


Location of Interview

Mrs. Taylor's home in Stanardsville, Va.

Date of Interview



Records an interview with Virginia Taylor, (née Haney), who grew up the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Greene County, Va. Describes daily life in the mountains, where her family operated a general store. Gives her recollections of the mountain people and describes in detail her family's experience resettling in Wolftown, Virginia, after the opening of Shenandoah National Park. Mrs. Taylor's family soon relocated to Stanardsville, where she attended high school in the late 1930s. Describes the uneasy social interactions between the local population and the sudden influx of rural mountain people into their community.

There is no audio recording for this interview; interview consists of transcript only. For access to this interview, please contact JMU Special Collections (library-special@jmu.edu, or (540) 568-3612). Please reference the interview number SNP010 when submitting your request.


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Personal Names

Taylor, Virginia H., (Virginia Haney), 1920-2001 Interviews

Family Names

Taylor family; Haney 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; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.

Place Names

Stanardsville (Va.) -- History; Wolftown (Va.) -- History; Greene County (Va.) -- History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Dalbey, Matthew

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SC# 4030

(SNP010) - Restricted Virginia H. Taylor interviewed by Matthew Dalbey