By Katrina M. Powell
With the Commonwealth of Virginia's Public Park Condemnation Act of 1928, the
nation surveyed for and purchased 3 thousand tracts of land that will turn into Shenandoah
nationwide Park. The Commonwealth condemned the houses of 5 hundred households in order that their land
will be "donated" to the government and positioned less than the auspices of the nationwide Park
carrier. caused via the condemnation in their land, the citizens all started writing letters to
nationwide Park and different executive officers to barter their rights and to request various
prone, estate, and harvests. in most cases represented within the well known media as lawless,
illiterate, and incompetent, those mountaineers end up themselves differently during this poignant
selection of letters. The background advised by way of the citizens themselves either provides to and counters
the tale that's typically permitted approximately them.
These letters are
housed within the Shenandoah nationwide Park records in Luray, Virginia, which used to be opened in brief 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 records to be had back not just to the
public but additionally to students, researchers, and others attracted to the region's background, 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