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Shifflett, Bernice B.
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Location of Interview
Mrs. Shifflett's home in Charlottesville, Virginia
Date of Interview
"Records an interview with Bernice Shifflett, (née Shifflett), who lived near Swift Run Gap, in Greene County, Virginia, within the future boundaries of Shenandoah National Park. Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, raising livestock, holidays, funerals, chestnut harvests, bark peeling, and other local economic activities. Recalls some of the more definitive events occurring in the region, such as the devastating chestnut blight of the 1920s, the construction of Skyline Drive and a famous, local double murder. Mrs. Shifflett also describes the resettlement experiences of her family and her neighbors after the park took possession of their mountain properties.
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Shifflett, Bernice B., (Bernice Belle), 1916-1999, Interviews
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" "Bark peeling -- Virginia" "American chestnut" "Chestnut blight" "Homicide -- Virginia -- History"Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History; Funeral rites -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.
Greene County (Va.) -- History; Rockingham County (Va.) -- History; Swift Run Gap (Va.) -- History; Skyline Drive (Va.) -- History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
Bernice B. Shifflett interviewed by Amanda Moody, August 29, 1978, SdArch SNP-111, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University