Mountain family trees

By Cathie Shiff
Cathie Shiff | Rappahannock News

Jim Northup (third from left), superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, is joined by Rappahannock County residents descended from mountain families who once lived on land in the park (from left): Jean Morris, Ruth Dwyer Kiger, Debbie Keyser, Bonnie Brown and Wayne Baldwin during the Rappahannock’s Mountain Heritage event, co-sponsored by the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Rappahannock Historical Society, last weekend at the Thornton Gap Primitive Baptist Church. Northup, whose family has owned land in Rappahannock County for 50 years, says the NPS has done a “much better job” telling the story of the mountain families since the mid-1990s, including a permanent display at the Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center.

By Ginnie Busick
Ginnie Busick | Rappahannock News

Missy Sutton of Chantilly, great-great-granddaughter of William ”Jube” Rutherford, had photos and stories to tell about the Rutherford and Pullen family’s history in what is now the park.

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