By Katrina M. Powell

With the Commonwealth of Virginia's Public Park Condemnation Act of 1928, the
country 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
might be "donated" to the government and put below the auspices of the nationwide Park
provider. brought on by means of 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
companies, estate, and harvests. in most cases represented within the well known media as lawless,
illiterate, and incompetent, those mountaineers end up themselves in a different way during this poignant
number of letters. The background informed by means of the citizens themselves either provides to and counters
the tale that's as a rule permitted approximately them.

These letters are
housed within the Shenandoah nationwide Park data in Luray, Virginia, which was once opened in brief to
the general public from 2000 to 2002, yet then closed as a result of loss of investment. this feature of roughly
a hundred and 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 background, in the
politics of the park, and within the family tree of the households. Supplementing the letters are
introductory textual content, pictures, annotation, and oral histories that extra rfile the lives
of those individuals.

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