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Frazier, Miley Jackson




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Records the reminiscences of Miley Frazier, who was born in 1900 near Patterson Ridge, in what would become the Southern Section of Shenandoah National Park. Describes daily life in the mountains, including local agriculture, livestock production and food preservation, courting rituals and folk music. Discusses the annual cattle drives from the lowlands to the mountain pastures. Discusses the importance of seasonal harvests, including chestnuts, huckleberries and tan bark, to the local economy.


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Personal Names

Frazier, Miley Jackson, 1900-1981, Interviews

Family Names

Fraser 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; Courtship -- Virginia – History; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Folk music -- Virginia – History; Huckleberries; Bark peeling -- Virginia -- Rockingham County – History; Chestnut blight.

Place Names

Patterson Ridge (Va.) – History; Rockingham County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999


Edwards, Victoria M.

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

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SdArch SNP

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(SNP053) Miley Frazier interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Victoria M. Edwards



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