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Smith, N. Pearl Williams
1 audio file (running time: 0:42:19)
Location of Interview
Pearl Smith's home in Page County, Virginia
Date of Interview
Records a group interview with Pearl Smith, (née Nettie Pearl Williams), who lived in an area known as Morning Star, in Page County, Virginia, with her husband J. Benton Smith, until the opening of Shenandoah National Park in 1934. Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, herbal remedies, courtship and holidays.
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Smith, N. Pearl Williams, (Nettie Pearl), 1901-1980 Interviews; Smith, J. Benton, Jr., (Jacob Benton), 1898-1971
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; Courtship -- Virginia – History; Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia – History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.
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
Stiles, Joy K.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
N. Pearl Williams Smith interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, September 24, 1977, SdArch SNP-117, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University