Following are some of the many bookmarks related to the creation of the Shenandoah National Park and our ancestors:

Virginia Center for Digital History   This gives a history of the creation of the Shenandoah National Park and describes the removal of the citizens residing there. Stretching for more than one hundred miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains and occupying land in eight counties, Shenandoah National Park is perhaps the most visible legacy of New Deal policies in Virginia.1 The eight counties are Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Madison, Greene, Albemarle, Rappahannock.
Shenandoah's Secret History
By Audrey J. Horning
Park Evictions Up to Courts, Apx 1935 
Anger in Appalachia, By Leef Smith
Researchers Fighting to Open Records on 1930s Shenandoah Park Resettlement  or
U.S. bars access to park records
Critics say officials covering up '30s eviction of hill families
Virginia Property Rights (covers Eminent Domain and Condemnation, etc.)   
Sixth Grade Library Unit: an Author’s Visit
This is about research done on the author Carolyn Reeder, by a group of sixth graders.
What Price This Mountain?
The creation of the Shenandoah National Park. This page was created by the Red Hill Elementary ThinkQuest 2001 Team.
What Price This Mountain? The Undying Data
The fifth graders spent HOURS entering data from Darwin Lambert's book, The Undying Past of the Shenandoah National Park, into a spreadsheet. The particular data they entered was the amount of land that was sold, the owner's name, the price per acre and the county in which the land was located. . . . ,the data can be downloaded in an excel worksheet or a tab delimited list that can be imported into another program if one does not have excel.
"Some there be which have no memorial"
This is about the Shenandoah National Park and that there is almost no trace that anyone had ever lived there.
Is History Irrelevant?
This is about the history of the Shenandoah National Park, by Antony Heatwole
American Memory Home
Search site for American Memory - Historical Collections for the National Digital Library. .Search on 'Shenandoah' - many pictures of families and homesteads.
American Land Rights Association Love the graphics at the bottom of the page!
Little Devil Stairs Overlook to Appalachian Trail Crossing
Description of the area where people were displaced and Darwin Lambert mentioned this area to us (the Red Hill Think Quest Team) when we visited him.
National Park Service Act
This is the act that allowed Blanket Condemnation.
Research As opportunities arise, research information will be posted here. This may be information pertaining to current studies
Very informative & a must read for anyone planning a visit to the Shenandoah National Park Archives. Park Museum Collections: Looking Ahead; When Past is Present : Archaeology of Displaced in SNP; Archives Visitor Access Policy; Collections Holdings; Archives Appointments and Directions; Copyright and Privacy Restrictions
Shenandoah National What?
This is about the geography of the Shenandoah National Park.
Survey of Rural Mountain Settlement
Three hollows in the central district of the park–Corbin, Nicholson and Weakley hollows–are presently under examination in the National Park Service-sponsored study designed to inventory the material remains of the park’s human past. Located on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge, in the shadow of Old Rag Mountain in Madison County, Virginia, the three hollows were home to approximately 460 persons when Shenandoah National Park was created in the 1930s, having been continuously occupied by settlers of European descent since the late eighteenth century. Eighty-seven sites have been located in the three hollows, which cover approximately 2500 acres. The archaeological evidence from these hollows, apparently the most uniform of Blue Ridge communities, tells a story of adaptation, alteration, cultural retention, and individual agency throughout the period of settlement.
Teaching Advanced Research Techniques To Community College Students: Examining the Eviction of Mountain Residents from the Shenandoah
Teaching community college about the evictions of mountain people.
The Outrage
FDR Burned Family Farms, Your home is your castle, right? And no one can take it away,can they? It is, and they can't, unless they happen to be the US government and they happen to think that a certain stretch of mountains might be prettier without your humble home.
Shenandoah Valley Monthly Magazine
The Shenandoah Valley Monthly Magazine is a 64-page publication for visitors with general information on accommodations, attractions, points of interest, calendar of events, directories, map, and much more.
Shenandoah National Park Map
PBS Program Shows History Changes at Flip of a Switch, Response to PBS Special, from David Maurer, Daily Progress Staff Writer
The Ground Beneath Our Feet, and Response From Former President of Children of Shenandoah  
Shenandoah National Park and It's Resident's Pathfinders:

A library Pathfinder is a document that serves as map and guide to bibliographic research on a specific topic. The Pathfinders included on this page were compiled by graduate students in the class, AS 5000, "Appalachian Research and Bibliography" (1997 to present). These Pathfinders, like the students who produced them, vary in quality: some are excellent and others, while not as complete or as skillfully prepared, are still useful to the novice researcher. The Pathfinders also serve as introduction to more exhaustive bibliographies covering the same topics. The bibliographies are on file in the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection.

Our Sacred Places in Virginia, Front Royal, VA: On Land of Shenandoah National Parks, WVPT Web Site   

Following are other links we have found to be useful, including some sites of descendents, cemeteries, archives and some genealogy sites:  

The Taking of Via Mountain The Mountain People
This is about the Via family’s home getting taken away.
Historical and Human Interest
Shenandoah National Park Cemeteries
The location of gravesites located within the park.
Shenandoah National Park Cemeteries
July 1954 Letter to SNP from Chief Ranger re: Information on known cemetaries within SNP
Rapphannock County Cemetaries
transcribed by Kim Hieronimus Brownlee and Robert H. Ball in 1988.; forwarded from Dan Jenkins
Primary Sources: Cemeteries
This is all about Primary source cemetery sites in the area near the Park.
Dodon/Dotson Genealogy
Compiled by Glenn Gohr
Bland and Vina Shifflett
The Shifflett Family Tree
Shenandoah National Park Archives

                 Archives Visitor Access Policy;

                 Archives Appointments and Directions;

                 Copyright and Privacy Restrictions of Archives Material;

                 When Past is Present : Archaeology of the Displaced in Shenandoah National Park;

Other Historical and Genealogical Historical Societies of Virginia, in addition to Children of the Shenandoah.
Blue Ridge On-Line 
Nelson County, VA Page  
Walter & Jean Peterman Genealogy Page  
Genealogical Society of Page County  
Blue Horizons" Screen Saver  consists of 5 frames, or 'scenes'. Each scene is a large, original photo of a lake, with mountains, (the foothills of the Blue Ridge), in the distance. This might help some who get homesick for their mountains.


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