National Geographic : 1949 Jul
© National Geographic Society 32 Ektachrome by Justin Locke Sunbonnet, Wood Range, and Cats Remind Us All of Grandma's Kitchen on the Farm In a gap west of Harrisonburg, Virginia, some 25 Allegheny Mountain families live much as their pioneer fore fathers did a hundred years ago. Wells provide water; oil lamps, light. Sunbonnet and house dress are woman's uniform. In such isolated hollows, the only daily link with the world is a battery-operated radio. Most families own a cow and a horse; some have chickens and pigs. The few automobiles are usually owned jointly by several families. Descendants of Scotch-Irish and German settlers, these folk make some living from the land. Men sup plement the family income by picking fruit in orchards. During vacations, older children work in stores and camps.