This short video is a collection of photographs and recollections as part of the Fort AP Hill Oral History Project.
In response to World War II, the U.S. Army needed military training land. The area near Bowling Green, Virginia was chosen as the new training area. Under imminent domain, the government forced hundreds of people to leave their ancestral homes, paying them as little as $5 per acre. Today, the Cultural Resources Division of Paciulli, Simmons & Associates’ Oral History Project documented the history of Fort A.P. Hill land before its acquisition by the U.S. Army.
This is a very unique project for the firm as well as for Fort A.P. Hill as no history of these accounts has been captured to date. For the first time since 1941, Fort A.P. Hill asked former residents to participate in the Oral History Project and talk about their stories and experience; stories they’ve harbored for sixty-seven years.
Why develop an Oral History of Fort A.P. Hill?
• To aid the planning process in future developments
• No complete history of pre-Army acquisition exists
• To capture this fragile resource for future generations
• To make the documentation available to researchers and the general public
• To contribute to public outreach
• To contribute to mitigation of historic resources
How was this accomplished?
• Created a list of diverse and representative interview candidates
• Trained a diverse and representative interview team
• Developed a questionnaire based on common rural themes
• Conducted interviews
• Created verbatim interview transcripts
• Informants interviewed 58
• Hours of interview 80
• Hours transcribed 50