Download Full Text (126 KB)
1 audio file (running time: 0:57:13)
Date of Interview
Records an interview with Davis Twyman, who lived for more than eighty years in Syria, Va., in Madison County, at the eastern edge of Shenandoah National Park. The Twyman family owned a general store and grist mill in Syria, and Mr. Twyman recalls his interactions with the mountain people before and after the founding of the park. Discusses the limited economic opportunities available to the mountain people, such as the chestnut harvests, bark peeling, truck farming and moon-shining. Recalls the establishment of the presidential retreat known as Camp Hoover, in 1928, and the impact that President Hoover and his wife had on the local community.
The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Twyman, Davis, 1892-1982, Interviews; Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 -- Homes and haunts -- Virginia -- Madison County
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; Traditional medicine -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Courtship -- Virginia – History; Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia – History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.
Camp Hoover (Va.) – History; Syria (Va.) – History; Madison County (Va.) -- History -- 20th century; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.
Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999
Stiles, Joy K.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
Davis Twyman interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, November 21, 1977, SdArch SNP-124, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University