This is a list of non-fiction books and online resources that might be of interest to anyone seeking to learn more about the lives of the people who lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains before the formation of Shenandoah National Park, and about how the creation of the Park affected the residents who were displaced.
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his collection consists of 135 interviews of people who were living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia prior to the creation of the Shenandoah National Park. Most of the interviewees resided on land that was claimed by eminent domain by the commonwealth of Virginia and subsequently turned over to the US government in the 1930s. Topics discussed by interviewees include mountain folklife, music, food preservation, traditional medicine, agriculture and harvesting, bark peeling, moonshining, chores and family life, and schooling with additional references to the Civilian Conservation Corp, the New Deal, and residents' feelings towards the creation of the Shenandoah National Park. Interviews were conducted by Dorothy Noble Smith and others during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Smith’s findings based on the oral history interviews were published in Recollections: The People of the Blue Ridge Remember. Shenandoah National Park donated this collection to James Madison University, which digitized the interviews and made them available on this website
This is an excellent series of five lessons on the establishment of Shenandoah National Park that contain short videos, discussion questions, and interactive activities that are appropriate for children, teens, and adults