This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Maggie Trader in Quinby, VA. In this interview, she discusses her life as a waterman and the numerous jobs and professions shes had over the years, defying gender stereotypes. She describes some of her work as a waterman, discussing her introduction through her father and what she really liked about working on the water. She also describes some of her seasonal work between working on the water and in fields, and the work shed have to to one she got home. She describes her life after she got married, continuing her numerous jobs on and off the water, mentioning the changes in life over the years. She also describes the battle with cancer in her family, noting family members who have passed from it and her own personal battle.
In part 2, she continues speaking of working on the water, noting some of the changes and difficulties that have come with water working in recent years. Her second husband, Roland, speaks intermittently with some of his jobs at the naval academy while Maggie rests. She speaks more on cooking and her memories on cooking for large groups of people, what she learned from her mother, and how she managed cooking for 75-80 people occasionally. She discusses various foodways involving seafood and canning, giving some recipes and tips for things like flounder or clams.
This interview is part of the Delmarva Folklife Project. For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center finding aid: