The Resource Oral history interview, Virginia E. Baugher ; conducted by Janet Baugher Downs, (sound recording :)

Oral history interview, Virginia E. Baugher ; conducted by Janet Baugher Downs, (sound recording :)

Oral history interview
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Virginia E. Baugher ; conducted by Janet Baugher Downs
Title variation
Blue Ridge families
Records the reminiscences of Virginia Evaline Baugher (née Williams), who was born in Swift Run, Va., prior to the establishment of the Shenandoah National Park in that region in the 1930s. Describes her early childhood and family life, including her education at the two-room Swift Run School. Describes her parents, Raymond and Ora Williams, and other members of the Williams family. Recalls the importance of the local mill and general store owned by Lester Meadows. Describes the chores on the family farm, including planting and maintaining the garden, raising and butchering chickens and hogs, salting pork, storing milk in the spring house, churning butter, winemaking, and sewing clothing by hand. Talks of moving from Swift Run to nearby Sandy Bottom at the age of 13, as part of the federally mandated eviction of residents living within the Shenandoah National Park, prior to its opening in 1935. Recalls her marriage to Lewis Baugher, in December, 1941, and the births of their children. Speaks of other members of the extended Baugher family. Describes innovations and events in the region over the years, including local floods in 1942 and 1996, the common use of radios powered by automobile batteries, hand cranked Victrola record players, and wash tubs and scrub boards prior to the introduction of electricity to the area in 1950. Includes reminiscences by her eldest son, Garland, who recalls his education in the two-room Sandy Bottom School and Elkton Intermediate School. Describes having the same teacher, Claire Smothers Meadows, for the first seven years of school. Closes with Virginia Baugher recalling the events surrounding the birth of her twin daughters, and briefly mentions the death of her husband, Lewis, in 1993
Cataloging source
Date time place
Recorded at the home of Virginia E. Baugher, in Sandy Bottom, Va., March 4, 2000
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no.23-1a - 23-1b.
Oral history interview, Virginia E. Baugher ; conducted by Janet Baugher Downs, (sound recording :)
  • Complete transcription of tape available in Special Collections
  • STACK COPY: Transcripts and accompanying text only. There is no background paper for this oral history project. Call no.: F232.S48 B38 2000
  • Forms part of the Blue Ridge families oral history project. FOR ACCESS TO THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, including tapes, original copies of all text material and interviews, see Special Coll. call number SdArch nos. 23-1 through 23-2. (Tapes only: Special Coll. Oral history interview [sound recording] / Ralph Baugher (SdArch no.23-2), conducted by Janet Baugher Downs
Accompanying material
1 transcript (26 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Control code
1/8 in. +
2 sound cassettes (ca. 90 min.)
Other physical details
1 7/8 ips

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