Louis W. Graves



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Graves, Louis W.,




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Records an interview with Louis Graves, who grew up in Madison County, Virginia, not far from the site where President Herbert Hoover would construct a rustic retreat known as Rapidan Camp, and later as Camp Hoover. Hoover paid for the project out of his own funds and the camp was constructed by a detachment of U.S. Marines as a military exercise by March, 1929. Louis Graves recalls speeches given by President Hoover and other dignitaries in Madison, Va., as part of a day-long Hoover Day celebration on August 9, 1929. Graves relates that more than 10,000 people attended the event, including Virginia governor Harry F. Byrd, who arrived at the celebration aboard an Army reconnaissance blimp. Includes a discussion of the economic situation in Madison County in 1929, during a time of prolonged drought and at the onset of the Great Depression.

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Personal Names

Graves, Louis W., (Louis Walker), 1916-2006 Interviews; Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 -- Homes and haunts -- Virginia -- Madison County; Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 – Anecdotes; Byrd, Harry Flood, 1887-1966 – Anecdotes.


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.

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Blue Ridge Mountains -- Economic conditions; Camp Hoover (Va.) – History; Madison County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Engle, Reed


Stiles, Joy K.

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Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SC# 4030

(SNP 068) Louis Graves: interviewed by Reed Engle, transcribed by Joy K. Stiles - RESTRICTED



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