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Nicholson, Edward S.
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Records an interview with Edward Nicholson, who lived in the mountains of Madison County, Virginia until the establishment of Shenandoah National Park. Describes daily life in the mountains, the means of growing and preserving food and other aspects of the local economy. Discusses popular pastimes, herbal remedies, holidays, courtship, and the moonshine trade. Also discusses his memories of local entrepreneur, George Freeman Pollock, owner of Skyland resort. Mr. Nicholson's wife, Nellie, (née Dodson), is also present for the interview and contributes throughout.
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Nicholson, Edward S., (Edward Sheridan), 1904-1979, Interviews; Nicholson, Nellie F., (Nellie Frances), 1904-, Interviews; Pollock, George Freeman, 1869-1949 -- Anecdotes
Nicholson family; Dodson 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.); Folk music -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Funeral rites -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Hunting -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park; Courtship -- Virginia – History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States; Distilling, Illicit – Virginia.
Madison County (Va.) – History; Skyland (Va.) – History; Skyline Drive (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.
Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999; Minter, Robin
Marston, Sharon G.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
Edward S. Nicholson interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith and Robin Minter, April 19, 1977, SdArch SNP-99, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University