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Morris, Raymond E.




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Records an interview with Raymond E. Morris, who lived in Simmons Gap, near the town of Elkton, in Rockingham County, Virginia. Describes daily life in the mountains, the means of growing and preserving food and other aspects of the local economy. Discusses popular herbal remedies, hunting and trapping techniques, bark peeling and the moonshine trade.


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Personal Names

Morris, Raymond E., (Raymond Earl), 1925-1980, Interviews

Family Names

Morris 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; Hunting customs -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Hunting -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park; Trapping -- Virginia – History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States; Distilling, Illicit – Virginia; Bark peeling -- Virginia -- Rockingham County – History.

Place Names

Simmons Gap (Va.) – History; Rockingham County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999


Marston, Sharon G.

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

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SdArch SNP

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(SNP096) Raymond E. Morris interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston



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