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Woodward, Myrtle B.




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Records an interview with Myrtle Woodward, (née Broyles), who lived in the mountains near Syria, Virginia. Describes daily life in the mountains, touching on the work of growing and preserving food, herbal remedies and holidays. Also recalls her experiences with local entrepreneur George Freeman Pollock, owner of nearby Skyland resort, who was a major influence in the establishment of Shenandoah National Park.


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Personal Names

Woodward, Myrtle B., 1907-2000, Interviews; Pollock, George Freeman, 1869-1949 -- Anecdotes

Family Names

Woodward family; Broyles 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.); Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Courtship -- Virginia – History; African Americans -- Virginia -- Nelson County -- History -- 20th century – Sources.

Place Names

Blue Ridge Mountains -- Economic conditions; Syria (Va.) – History; Skyland (Va.) – History; Madison County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999


Meisel, Mara; Popp, Rebecca; Browne, Heather

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

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SdArch SNP

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(SNP136) Myrtle Woodward interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Mara Meisel, Rebecca Popp and Heather Browne



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