Documenting the American South

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway

Oral History Interview with Ted Pease, November 5, 2000

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Abstract New York native Ted K. Pease worked in the Smoky Mountains before coming to work on the Blue Ridge Parkway in June 1938 as a project landscape architect. Pease talks about the contention between Tennessee and North Carolina over the location of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Overall, Pease gives a detailed account of the decisions that went into landscape development. He talks about how the design plan was established and how the landscaping crew worked with the construction crew. Pease talks about how they determined which plants to use by surveying the area to find the indigenous species. He talks about the considerations that were given to animal life and drainage and erosion sites along the parkway. Pease also talks about the relationship with the Bureau of Public Roads.
Date November 5, 2000
Interviewee Pease, Ted
Interviewee occupation Landscape developer and park horticulturalist
Interviewee DOB November 21, 1909
Interviewer Myers, Mary
Subject Landscape development
Bureau of Public Roads