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Hoffner, Rosie L.




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Records an interview with Rosie Hoffner, (née Hurt), who grew up in Madison County, Virginia, near the site of Herbert Hoover's country retreat, Camp Hoover. Discusses home and school life, livestock and vegetable production, herbal remedies and moonshining. Includes reminiscences of frequent visits with President and Mrs. Hoover at the retreat, as well as encounters with local entrepreneur, George Freeman Pollock, owner of nearby Skyland resort.


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Hoffner, Rosie L., 1916-1997, Interviews; Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 -- Homes and haunts -- Virginia -- Madison County; Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 – Anecdotes; Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944 – Anecdotes; Pollock, George Freeman, 1869-1949 – Anecdotes.

Family Names

Hoffner family; Hurt 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; Agriculture -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Canning and preserving – History; Cookery – Virginia; Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia – History; Livestock -- Virginia – History; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) – History; Traditional medicine -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Land use -- Government policy – Virginia.

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


Smith, Nancy

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Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

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SdArch SNP

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(SNP063) Rosie Hurt Hoffner interviewed by Nancy Smith



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