Loula B. Judd



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Judd, Loula B.




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Records the reminiscences of Loula Judd, who lived near the Big Meadows area of Shenandoah National Park until the mid 1930s. Describes daily life in the mountains, including local agriculture, livestock and food preservation, as well as important cash crops. Recalls the traditional remedies used for common ailments and injuries, as well as a brief discussion on the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. Includes comments on local entrepreneur, George Pollock, owner of Skyland resort and the construction of Camp Hoover, the presidential retreat created by Herbert Hoover.


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Personal Names

Judd, Loula B., 1903-1993 Interviews; Pollock, George Freeman, 1869-1949 -- Anecdotes

Family Names

Judd family; Breden 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; Funeral rites -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Distilling, Illicit – Virginia; Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919 – Anecdotes; American chestnut; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Traditional medicine -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Land use -- Government policy -- United States.

Place Names

Big Meadows (Va.) – History; Skyland (Va.) – History; Camp Hoover (Va.) – History; Page County (Va.) – History; Madison County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Smith, Nancy

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

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SdArch SNP

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(SNP074) Loula Judd, interviewed by Nancy Smith



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