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Nicholson, Nelson M.
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Location of Interview
The Nicholson's home in Madison, Virginia
Date of Interview
Records an interview with Nelson Nicholson and his wife, Claudia, who lived in Nicholson Hollow, within the future boundaries of Shenandoah National Park. Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, herbal remedies, hunting and fishing. Discusses the limited economic opportunities available to the mountain people, such as the apple and chestnut harvests, bark peeling and moon-shining. Includes references to local entrepreneur, George Freeman Pollock, owner of nearby Skyland resort.
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Nicholson, Nelson M., (Nelson Murphy) 1913-1980, Interviews; Nicholson, Claudia F., (Claudia Frances) 1916-2010, 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.); Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia – History; Bark peeling – Virginia; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Hunting -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park; Courtship -- Virginia – History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.
Madison County (Va.) – History; Nicholson Hollow (Va.) – History; Skyland (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.
Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999
Bradley, Peggy C.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
Nelson M. Nicholson interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, November 28, 1977, SdArch SNP-101, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University