An Appalachian Way of Life: The Clifton Forge Railroads
In this project, Michele Garrett, who had reflected on how the railroad which had been so important to the people of Clifton Forge, was no longer a big part of the town. She interviewed her grandfather Hilton Marshall and Greg Linkswiler who is Chief Clerk of the Clifton Forge Railroads to learn more. Ms. Garrett began this project to answer questions about what it was like living in a place where the railroad was an important part of everyday living, about the different jobs on the railroad, and about how the town adjusted to life when the railroad became less a part of the day-to-day life of its people. This is among projects created by students enrolled in English 446 (initially English 452), “Appalachian Folklore,” 1981-2019, and in graduate level counterparts English 548 and 648 “Appalachian Folk Culture(s)” offered 17 fall semesters between 1987 and 2009. Minimally contain collector’s introduction and analysis, transcribed informant interviews, and excerpted and labeled examples of oral, customary, and/or material folklore/folklife collected primarily within the Appalachian region. Most include also tables of contents, informant information, indexes (outlines) of interviews, photographs, miscellaneous paper items, and indexes of informants, genres, and geographic locations. Accompanying audio recordings (several minutes to 2+ hours). Transferred to McConnell Library Archives & Special Collections from Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center, Fall 2013.