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Cullers, Claud W.




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Interview Number


Location of Interview

Rileyville, Virginia

Date of Interview



Records the reminiscences of Claud W. Cullers, a lifelong resident of Rileyville, Virginia, who raised cattle throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Mr. Cullers would move his cattle to mountain pastures each year, where they would graze into the fall. Describes his memories of the local mountain people, their modes of living and sources of income. Discusses the bark and lumber industries, chestnut, apple and berry harvests, and prominent local moonshiners. A woman with the surname Keyser, identified as Mrs. Cullers' niece, also contributes to the interview.


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Personal Names

Cullers, Claud W., (Claud Willard), 1891-1980

Family Names

Koehler family; Kaiser 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; Droughts -- Virginia; Folklore -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History; Holidays -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History; Traditional medicine -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); American chestnut; Livestock; Apples -- Virginia; Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia; Bark peeling -- Virginia -- Madison County -- History; Forest products industry -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History; Land use -- Government policy -- United States.

Place Names

United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 – Anecdotes; United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Draft resisters; Rileyville (Va.); Page County (Va.) – History; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Manners and customs; Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History, Local.


Smith, Dorothy Noble, 1915-1999


Marston, Sharon G.

Collection Title

Shenandoah National Park oral history collection

Collection Number

SdArch SNP

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(SNP037) Claud Cullers interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston



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