The Wisdom of Age Project—Hampton Roads, Va. 2015 Documenting Life Stories & How We Get By
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The following stories—about a prickly fish, WW II blackouts, and a beau's proposal—are a few snapshots of Mrs. Burkholder's experiences growing up in the farming and fishing community of the Virginia Peninsula in the first half of the twentieth century.

"Dorothy's Stories"

narrative stories by Jack Jacobs

Dorothy Burkholder with her husband Nelson Burkholder.  The couple began dating when Dorothy was in her late teens and were married for 50 years until Nelson passed away.

Dorothy Holloway Burkholder is a lifelong resident of the Virginia Peninsula, and was born in Warwick County, Virginia, in the 1920s. She grew up the daughter of a prominent ship captain turned farmer named Robert M. Holloway.