By Katrina M. Powell
With the Commonwealth of Virginia's Public Park Condemnation Act of 1928, the
country surveyed for and bought 3 thousand tracts of land that will develop into Shenandoah
nationwide Park. The Commonwealth condemned the houses of 5 hundred households in order that their land
should be "donated" to the government and put below the auspices of the nationwide Park
provider. brought on by way of the condemnation in their land, the citizens all started writing letters to
nationwide Park and different govt officers to barter their rights and to request various
providers, estate, and harvests. as a rule represented within the well known media as lawless,
illiterate, and incompetent, those mountaineers turn out themselves differently during this poignant
choice of letters. The heritage advised through the citizens themselves either provides to and counters
the tale that's typically authorized approximately them.
These letters are
housed within the Shenandoah nationwide Park data in Luray, Virginia, which used to be opened in short to
the general public from 2000 to 2002, yet then closed because of loss of investment. this feature of roughly
one hundred fifty of those letters, of their entirety, makes those files to be had back not just to the
public but in addition to students, researchers, and others attracted to the region's heritage, in the
politics of the park, and within the family tree of the households. Supplementing the letters are
introductory textual content, images, annotation, and oral histories that additional record the lives
of those individuals.
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"Answer at Once": Letters of Mountain Families in Shenandoah National Park, 1934-1938 by Katrina M. Powell