(SNP121) David M. Taylor interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Mara Meisel and Rebecca Popp
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Taylor, David M.
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Location of Interview
Mr. Taylor's home in Page County, Virginia
Date of Interview
Records a group interview with David M. Taylor, who lived in an area known as Joliet Hollow, in Page County, Virginia, until his family was moved to a resettlement area in nearby Ida, Virginia with the opening of the park in the early 1930s. Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, herbal remedies, etc., as well as how his family and neighboring mountain families adjusted to their new lives in the Ida Valley. Mr. Taylor recalls his conversations with local entrepreneur George Freeman Pollock, owner of Skyland resort and an early promoter of the plans to create Shenandoah National Park.
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Taylor, David M., (David Monroe), 1927-1993 Interviews; Pollock, George Freeman, 1869-1949 -- 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; Traditional medicine -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia – History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.
Joliet Hollow (Va.) – History; Ida (Va.) – History; Skyland (Va.) – History; Page 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
Meisel, Mara; Popp, Rebecca
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
David M. Taylor interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, October 26, 1977, SdArch SNP-121, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University