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Wampler, Everett L.




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Records an interview with Everett Wampler, who grew up not far from the Black Rock Springs Hotel, in Black Rock Gap, Virginia. The Black Rock Springs Hotel was a popular tourist destination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, both for its scenic views and for the natural mineral springs for which it was named. Mr. Wampler recounts his memories of the grounds and buildings and the popularity of the site in the years following the hotel's destruction by fire in 1909. Includes references to people associated with the hotel and springs, as well as many of the families and local people who lived near the hotel in its heyday. The site where the hotel stood was incorporated into Shenandoah National Park in the 1930s.

Also contributing to the interview were Mr. Wampler's wife, Mary Wampler, (née Garber), as well as Mrs. Mark R. Flora and Lon Shackelford of Shenandoah National Park.


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Personal Names

Wampler, Everett L. (Everett Lee), 1894-1975, Interviews; Wampler, Mary J. (Mary Julia), 1896-1988, Interviews

Family Names

Wampler family; Garber family


Black Rock Springs Hotel (Va.) – History; Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia – History; Mountain people -- Blue Ridge Mountains -- Social life and customs; Mountain people -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park -- Social life and customs.

Place Names

Black Rock Springs (Va.) – History; Albemarle County (Va.) – History; Augusta County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Lee, Paul


Vaughan, Sarah; Shapiro, Jeanette

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SdArch SNP

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(SNP126) Everett Wampler interviewed by Paul Lee, transcribed by Sarah Vaughan and Jeanette Shapiro



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