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Austin, Louise Wood
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Location of Interview
The Wood family homesite in Sugar Hollow, Virginia
Date of Interview
Records the reminiscences of Louise Wood Austin, who grew up in Sugar Hollow, Virginia, prior to the establishment of Shenandoah National Park in 1934. Mrs. Austin and her interviewer, John Dooms, returned to the section of Shenandoah National Park where her family home stood until 1941. Describes her home life and family history, including members of her extended family who represent a cross section of local family names. Among the topics discussed are the growing, harvesting and preserving of food, raising livestock, home remedies and folk medicine. Recalls cattle drives from Ivy, Va., to summer pastures in Jarman Gap, itinerant Syrian peddlers, midwives and square dances. Discusses several small businesses operated by her father and uncles, including a blacksmith shop, distillery and coffin making shop.
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Austin, Louise Wood, 1909-1993, Interviews
Austin family; Ballard family; Ballou family; Dooms family; Taylor family; Wood 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.); Distilleries – Virginia; Blacksmiths; Livestock; Peddlers – Virginia; Peddling.
Sugar Hollow (Va.) – History; Jarman Gap (Va.) – History; Whitehall (Va.) – History; Albemarle County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.
Dooms, John D.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
Louise Wood Austin interviewed by John D. Dooms, December 1, 1975, SdArch SNP-6, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University