Austin C. Judd



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Judd, Austin C.




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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.


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Personal Names

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.

Family Names

Judd family


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.

Place Names

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.

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

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SdArch SNP

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(SNP072) Austin C. Judd interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley



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