My review of Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal

Sue Eisenfeld shares her story of her adventures at Shenandoah National Park and the unpleasant background on how the park was created. Through 162 pages, she tells the reader about the exploration of the many ruins of family homes that once dotted portions of the Shenandoah Valley that were inside the park. Families lived in that part of Virginia for many generations and were still there in the late 1920s when William Carson, head of the Virginia State Conservation and Development Commission thought that it would be a good idea to involve the National Park Service in buying up land to create a new national park that would rival the ones in the West.

Old Rag Post Office, Weakley Hollow and Corbin Hollow are places of the past that were victims of state and federal bureaucrats that did not care that people in these places would get evicted and their dwellings torn or burn down in short order to please the nature lovers and the tourists. Only in recent history has these stories of eviction come to light with the National Park Service begrudgingly acknowledging the vanishing of these peoples from the park. A very solid presentation of folk life in these mountains along with stories of hiking off the trails to reach the remnants of what once was. Four stars.

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