Photos, Prints, Drawings Vivian Jarrell, of Dry Creek, WV

Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Jarrell, Vivian
Dates 1996
Language English
Subjects April
Dry Creek (W. Va.)
Food Preservation
Vivian Jarrell, of Dry Creek, WV
Contributor Names
Jarrell, Vivian (Depicted)
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
April 11, 1996
Subject Headings
-  Gardens
-  Canning
-  April
-  Spring
-  Food preservation
-  Dry Creek (W. Va.)
-  Ethnography
-  Photographs
-  Big vegetable gardens are a distinctive feature of the landscape on Coal River and throughout the southern West Virginia coalfields. Gardens, together with produce from the woods, have been linked historically with the ability to survive the boom and bust cycles of coal mining, and actually made this part of the coalfields difficult to unionize. "There does not exist the hunger and suffering here that is found in [other coal fields]," wrote P. M. McBride in 1896. "Every available spot of ground seems to have received attention from the plow or spade, the houses resemble the homes of the market gardener. . . .This explains their comparatively comfortable position. They raise all the vegetables they require and this assures them that the wolf shall be kept from the door." (Corbin, 34) Beginning with lettuce, onions, and peas in spring and continuing through to the fall squashes, gardens on Coal River burgeon with produce for family, neighbors, and kin. In April of 1996 we visited Bruce and Vivian Jarrell, Ivan Jarrell's parents, to document the garden Ivan was tending on their land on Dry Creek. While we were there, Vivian showed us some of the produce she had preserved that year from the woods as well, including ramps and paw-paws.
-  Event: Visit to Ivan Jarrell's garden at his parents' home on Dry Creek.
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C073-05
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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