Ella Shifflet



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Shiflett, Ella




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Interview Number


Location of Interview

At Mrs. Shiflett's home in Stanardsville, Virginia, and on location in Shenandoah National Park in the vicinity of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club's (PATC) Pocosin Cabin.

Date of Interview



Records an interview with Ella Shiflett, (née Breeden), who lived near Pocosin Hollow, in Greene County, Virginia, within the future boundaries of Shenandoah National Park. Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, raising livestock, holidays, funerals, chestnut harvests, bark peeling, and other local economic activities. Mrs. Shiflett also guides the interviewers on a walking tour of the area surrounding Pocosin Cabin, which is located near the Shiflett homestead, where she identifies and describes many of the structures that once existed there.


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Personal Names

Shiflett, Ella, 1900-1991, Interviews

Family Names

Shifflett family


Potomac Appalachian Trail Club; 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; Bark peeling – Virginia; American chestnut; Chestnut blight; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Funeral rites -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.

Place Names

Greene County (Va.) – History; Pocosin Hollow (Va.) – History; Skyline Drive (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Momich, Bob; Momich, Pat

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SdArch SNP

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(SNP113) Ella Shiflett interviewed by Bob and Pat Momich



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