David M. Taylor



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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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Personal Names

Taylor, David M., (David Monroe), 1927-1993 Interviews; Pollock, George Freeman, 1869-1949 -- Anecdotes

Family Names

Taylor 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; 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.

Place Names

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

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SdArch SNP

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(SNP121) David M. Taylor interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Mara Meisel and Rebecca Popp



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