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Johnson, Mamie Clarice
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Date of Interview
Records an interview with sisters Mamie Johnson and Betsey Harrell, who were born near Piney Branch in Rappahannock County, Virginia. Discusses the work of their father, Henry L. Johnson, who was a cabinetmaker who often made coffins for the local communities. Describes daily life in the mountains, including activities such as weaving and dying cloth, drying fruit, harvesting chestnuts and square dances. The interview is conducted by their nephew, James Bob Johnson, a ranger at Shenandoah National Park.
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Johnson, Mamie Clarice, 1883-1972, Interviews; Harrell, Betsey Jane, 1893-1981, Interviews; Johnson, Henry L., (Henry Lewis), 1883-1972, Interviews.
Cabinetmakers – Virginia; 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; Agriculture -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Canning and preserving – History; Cookery – Virginia; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Traditional medicine -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Land use -- Government policy – Virginia.
Blue Ridge Mountains -- Economic conditions; Piney Branch (Va.) – History; Rappahannock County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.
Johnson, James R., (James Robert)
Bradley, Peggy C.
Shenandoah National Park oral history collection
Mamie Clarice Johnson interviewed by James Robert Johnson, February 6, 1966, SdArch SNP-67, Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection, 1964-1999, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University