Orlean Puckett

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Orlean Puckett was a midwife who lived from 1844 to 1939 in Carroll County, Virginia. Aunt Orlean delivered thousands of babies in the mountain region of Virginia. She herself, however, lost 24 children of her own. She is commemorated on the Blue Ridge Parkway by a marker which was put up the National Park Service.
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Overview

Orlean Puckett was a midwife who lived from 1844 to 1939 in Carroll County, Virginia. Aunt Orlean delivered thousands of babies in the mountain region of Virginia. She herself, however, lost 24 children of her own. She is commemorated on the Blue Ridge Parkway by a marker which was put up the National Park Service.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781887905725
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,455,003
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2009

    Well Researched Biography

    I heard the author give a presentation of this book and purchased a copy. It is well researched and documents all of the author's interviews and sources in the back of the book. I think she said that she went back up in the hills and hollers of Virginia to interview the mountain folk and researched the book for about four years before she wrote it. I was impressed that she spent so much time on the creation and accuracy of the life of the midwife Orlean Puckett. I can't imagine what it must have been like to give birth to all those babies and have every one of them die. She must have been a very strong and caring woman to have gone through that and then become a midwife.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    Historical and Educational

    This is one of the best oral histories I've read lately. The author gave the Virginia mountain people an opportunity to speak about a woman they loved and admired. I have traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway many times and stopped along the way at Milepost 189.9 to read the marker in front of Puckett Cabin. Ms. Smith's book answered a lot of questions I'd had about Orlean Puckett and put to rest some of the vicious rumors I'd heard about the deaths of her 24 children. I found the interviews of the men who helped with the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway very enlightening. I've come to appreciate the Virginia area of the Blue Ridge Parkway much more since reading this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2004

    O, Midwife Where Art Thou

    The author captures the hearts of the mountain people in this poignant and moving true story about Virginia's most famous midwife. Beautifully written with historical accuracy and documentation, this book addresses the topics of midwifery, the American Civil War, creation of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Primitive Baptist religion, and mountain traditions. Ms. Smith has preserved an important part of history for future generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    interesting and informative

    One can tell a lot of research went into this book to make it as accurate as possible. It takes you back to another time when the mountain people depended on people like Aunt Orlean to carry them through disease and physical mishap. This is a great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    Interesting and Informative

    Orlean Puckett: The Life of a Mountain Midwife was a very interesting read. The book not only covered the remarkable life of Orlean, but it also gave insight to what mountain life was like and even touched on how the Blue Ridge Parkway came to be. The story was well researched and the author's descriptive style was refreshing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    Great reading!

    This was an informative, interesting account of the most famous midwife in the mountain area. Karen has been able to accumulate and relate Orlean's life so that one can understand why her community was so grateful to her chosen work.

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