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Records a group interview with Jake Sisk, who lived near Nicholson Hollow, in Rappahannock County, Virginia, at the turn of the 20th century. Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, herbal remedies, fishing. Discusses the limited economic opportunities available to the mountain people, such as the chestnut harvests, bark peeling, fur trapping and moon-shining.
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Sisk, Jake, Interviews
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.
Nicholson Hollow (Va.) – History; Rappahannock 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
Bradley, Peggy C.; Marston, Sharon G.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
Jake Sisk interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, December 16, 1978, SdArch SNP-116, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University