Photo, Print, Drawing Joe Williams with ginseng plant in his hand

About this Item

Joe Williams with ginseng plant in his hand
Contributor Names
Williams, Ronnie J. "Joe" (Depicted)
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
September 27, 1995
Subject Headings
-  Fall
-  September
-  Commercial gatherings
-  Ginseng (Panax quinquefolia)
-  Harvesting of fruits and vegetables
-  Tom's Hollow
-  Photographs
-  Ethnography
-  West Virginia -- Boone County -- Whitesville
-  Since the 17th century, when a Jesuit priest in Canada identified ginseng (Panax quinquefolia) as a root prized in Asia and therefore exportable, ginseng has provided an annual source of cash for people living in the mountains. Wild ginseng, which commands prices ranging from $300 to $600 a pound, dried, continues to supplement incomes in the mountains. The largest quantities of wild ginseng in the country are harvested from the mixed mesophytic forest region centered around West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
-  Event: Ginseng Hunting.
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C011-16
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format
IIIF Presentation Manifest
Manifest (JSON/LD)

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Chicago citation style:

Williams, Ronnie J. "Joe", and Lyntha Scott Eiler. Joe Williams with ginseng plant in his hand. Boone County West Virginia Whitesville, 1995. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Williams, R. J. ". & Eiler, L. S. (1995) Joe Williams with ginseng plant in his hand. Boone County West Virginia Whitesville, 1995. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Williams, Ronnie J. "Joe", and Lyntha Scott Eiler. Joe Williams with ginseng plant in his hand. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.