Posts Tagged Shenandoah National Park

Book explores memories of Appalachians forced to leave their land to build National Parks, dams and roads

Hankin family: The home of Harriet Hankins in the area of the proposed town at Norris Dam, 1933. (Credit: Lewis Hine Photographs for the Tennessee Valley Authority, Records of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Record Group 142, National Archives, Atlanta)

Imagine being told the government needed your land and you had a few weeks or months to move. This happened to thousands of people, to make room for national parks, and hydroelectric dams. Roxy Todd spoke with the editor of a new book, called “Lost in Transition,” about those who were forced to leave home.

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New book sheds light on Shenandoah Park murders

Julie Williams and Lollie Winans were expert backpackers, killed in Shenandoah National Park 26 years ago. (Credit: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

In May of 1996, two young women were murdered in Shenandoah National Park.  The crime scene was just half a mile from the popular Skyland Lodge, and the park was crowded with holiday hikers, but to this day the deaths of Lollie Winans and Julie Williams remain a mystery. 

A new book on the case points to one possible culprit and suggests our national parks are no safer today than they were 26 years ago. Sandy Hausman reports.

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UVA’s Innocence Project Calls on FBI to Take Another Look at 25-Year-Old Cold Case

Julie Williams and Lollie Winans (Credit: FBI)

It’s been 25 years since two women were found dead at their Shenandoah National Park campsite. Now, the FBI has put up posters, hoping to generate new leads, but the Innocence Project in Charlottesville has another idea. Sandy Hausman reports.


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So… When Will Those Fall Colors Peak?

Autumn Colors

Early in October, a maple leaf shows fall color, on a tree that has already changed for the season. (Credit: Mike Tripp)

Some of the heaviest traffic on Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park happens around this time of year, when the leaves begin to turn. But the colors are a little later this fall. Mike Tripp from partner station WMRA took a short hike to find out why.


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