Matt Graves Sr.



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Graves, Francis Matt




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Records an interview with Matt Graves, Sr., leads a small group on a driving tour of a section of Shenandoah National Park near Syria, Virginia. Mr. Graves lived in the region prior to the opening of the park and was able to identify the sites and former owners of numerous homesteads, mills and cemeteries in the vicinity of Milam Gap. Also participating in the interview are Phil Hastings and John Dooms, naturalists affiliated with Shenandoah National Park.


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Personal Names

Graves, Francis Matt, Sr., 1895-1987, Interviews


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; Traditional medicine -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Rural poor – Virginia; Country life -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Land use -- Government policy – Virginia.

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Milam Gap (Va.) – History; Madison County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Deane, Deedee; Dove, Vee; Dooms, John D.; Hastings, Phil


Bradley, Peggy C.

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Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

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SdArch SNP

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(SNP057) Matt Graves, Sr. interviewed by Deedee Deane, Vee Dove, Phil Hastings and John Dooms, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley



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