Transcription of Interview with William Forrest Miller on April 3, 2007
at Bridgewater, VA.
Mary Collins: All right it’s April 3rd and it’s Mary Catherine Collins interviewing Forrest Miller at his home. Do I have your consent to be interviewed and to record the interview?
Forrest Miller: Yes you do.
MC: Okay, thanks. What is your full name?
FM: My name is William Forrest Miller.
MC: And where are you from?
FM: I am from Bridgewater, right here. I was basically born and raised on the farm and have been here for forty-nine years.
MC: What is your birth date?
MC: Okay. And did your parents have the farm beforehand?
FM: That’s correct. And grandparents. Grandparents, parents, and now myself.
MC: Okay. So three generations.
FM: 3 generations that’s right.
MC: Do you remember when three generations back started?
FM: Not started. I guess he started buying. It would have been in the early 1900’s when he started with part of the farm and then it’s been added on to. I guess the last time we purchased land was when I was thirteen years old. So I don’t know when that would have been but anyway that would give you an idea.
MC: And you haven’t added on since as far as land goes?
FM: No. That’s right. Except for rented land.
MC: Okay. How many acres or how much total?