Download Full Text (11.0 MB)
Judd, Austin C.
1 audio file (running time: 0:58:49)
Date of Interview
Records an interview with Austin C. Judd, whose father, W. Lee Judd, owned a general store near Luray, Virginia, from the turn of the 20th century until the advent of Shenandoah National Park in the mid 1930s. Discusses the retail business at that time and his impressions of the mountain people who would patronize the family store. Most of the store's interaction with the mountain people was based on a barter system, where chestnuts, ginseng and farm produce were exchanged for store credit. Also describes his time with the Civilian Conservation Corps, (CCC), during the 1930s. Includes references to local entrepreneur, George Freeman Pollock, owner of nearby Skyland resort, and George Corbin, who built Corbin Cabin, near what is now the Appalachian Trail. Mr. Judd's wife, who is identified only as Mrs. Judd in the transcript, but who is believed to be Gladys Judd, contributes throughout the interview.
The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (email@example.com).
Judd, Austin C., (Austin Cletus), 1906-1995, Interviews; Judd, Gladys Marie, 1904-1989, Interviews; Judd, W. Lee, (William Lee), 1863-1945; Corbin, George T., 1888-1978 – Anecdotes; Pollock, George Freeman, 1869-1949 – Anecdotes.
W. Lee Judd (Firm) – History; Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.) -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park – History; Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.). Camp NP-1 -- Shenandoah National Park (Va.) – History; Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.). Company 334 (Va.) – History; Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.). Camp NP-10 -- Shenandoah National Park (Va.) – History; Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.). Company 375 (Va.) – History; Mountain people -- Blue Ridge Mountains -- Social life and customs; Mountain people -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park -- Social life and customs; Merchants -- Virginia -- Luray – History.
Blue Ridge Mountains -- Economic conditions; Luray (Va.) – History; Page County (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
Austin C. Judd interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, May 19, 1977, SdArch SNP-72, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University