The Resource Oral history interview, Walter Carter ; interviewed by Ken Steeber, with Walter Smith, Gloria Updike and Howard Struthers, transcribed by Victoria M. Edwards, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Walter Carter ; interviewed by Ken Steeber, with Walter Smith, Gloria Updike and Howard Struthers, transcribed by Victoria M. Edwards, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Walter Carter ; interviewed by Ken Steeber, with Walter Smith, Gloria Updike and Howard Struthers, transcribed by Victoria M. Edwards
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Language
eng
Summary
  • 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 the reminiscences of Walter Carter, whose family owned apple orchards on Dickey Ridge, just south of Front Royal, Virginia, in the decades preceding the establishment of Shenandoah National Park. Describes the physical layout of the the orchards and surrounding towns. Discusses the demise of the apple industry in that part of the Shenandoah Valley due to a shrinking work force, as local families were evicted by the state to make room for the park. In the years prior to the Second World War, the primary customer for the Carter's apples, the United Kingdom, placed restrictive tariffs on U.S. grown apples which made it impossible to compete with fruit from Canada and New Zealand
  • The second part of the interview consists of a driving tour of the orchard area, with Mr. Carter describing the former locations of buildings, roads, home sites and cemeteries. The group is joined by Mr. Carter's wife, Caroline Carter, whose own recollections and comments are included in the discussion. The Carters make numerous references to local families and landowners. Includes comments on the construction of Skyline Drive, which, while providing north-south access along the crests of the Blue Ridge Mountains, resulted in the closing of numerous east-west routes across the mountains
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded on May 31, 1998, at various sites in Shenandoah National Park
Form of composition
unknown
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
interviews
Music parts
not applicable
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
SNP-21.
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Oral history interview, Walter Carter ; interviewed by Ken Steeber, with Walter Smith, Gloria Updike and Howard Struthers, transcribed by Victoria M. Edwards, (sound recording)
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Accompanying material
1 transcript (31 p. ; 28 cm.)
Control code
316326329
Extent
1 audio file (running time: 1:01:14)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Other physical details
digital ; +
Publisher number
SNP021
Terms governing use
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