The Resource Oral history interview, George Corbin: transcribed by Victoria M. Edwards, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, George Corbin: transcribed by Victoria M. Edwards, (sound recording)

Oral history interview
Oral history interview
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George Corbin: transcribed by Victoria M. Edwards
  • The Shenandoah National Park oral history collection, SdArch SNP, (SC# 4030), 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. For a description of the entire collection see the Finding Aid
  • Records an interview with George Corbin, who leads a party of researchers from the National Park Service (NPS) and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) on a walking tour of the Corbin homestead in Nicholson Hollow. The primary interviewer does not identify himself on the tape, but does name Edward Garvey of the PATC as a member of the group, and another participant gives his name as Paul Lee. The Corbin homestead was located on part of the land turned over to the NPS by the state of Virginia in the 1930s
  • Corbin identifies the sites of a number of homesteads and the names of their former occupants, including a tour of the cabin he built in 1909, which was turned over to the PATC for use as a trail shelter and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings as the George T. Corbin Cabin. The tour includes a visit to the Corbin and Nicholson family cemetery and the site of the local schoolhouse. Mr. Corbin speaks at length of the genealogies of the Corbins and the Nicholsons, as well as many of the other local mountain families. Included are numerous anecdotes regarding businessman and entrepreneur George Pollock, owner of Skyland resort, and a discussion of the activities of several area moonshiners, including Mr. Corbin
  • The last quarter of the interview features the comments of an unidentified woman ; presumably a relative of Mr. Corbin
Cataloging source
Date time place
Recorded on April 20, 1969, in and around Nicholson Hollow in Madison County, Virginia
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James Madison University sound archives
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Oral history interview, George Corbin: transcribed by Victoria M. Edwards, (sound recording)
Accompanying material
1 transcript (45 p. ; 28 cm.)
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1 audio file (running time: 1:05:46)
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