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Dodson, Hunter C.




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Interview Number


Location of Interview

Camp Hoover, Virginia

Date of Interview



Records a fragment of an interview with Hunter Dodson, who grew up near Corbin Hollow, Virginia, and is described as a ranger at Shenandoah National Park. Describes the lifestyles of the mountain people who lived in the area prior to the establishment of the park, and some of the various means of making a living that were available to them at that time. Also includes references to George Pollock, local entrepreneur and owner of Skyland, and the importance of the resort to the local economy. In June, 2009, Dr. Diane Zior Wilhelm donated photocopies of her field notes from this interview to JMU Special Collections.


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Personal Names

Dodson, Hunter C., 1910-1996; Pollock, George Freeman, 1869-1949 -- Anecdotes

Family Names

Dodson family


Park rangers -- Virginia – 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; Rural poor – Virginia; Funeral rites -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Food habits -- Appalachian Region, Southern; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.

Place Names

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


Wilhelm, Diane Zior; Wilhelm, Eugene J., Jr.


Shapiro, Jeanette

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SdArch SNP

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(SNP043) Hunter Dodson interviewed by Diane and Eugene Wilhelm, transcribed by Jeanette Shapiro



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