Thursday, February 28, 2013

North Carolina Mountain Man: “This is the country that I pledge allegiance to?”

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 Eustace Conway of N.C. Fights County To Keep His Nature School Natural
 Eustace Conway of N.C. Fights County To Keep His Nature School Natural

After graduating from Appalachian State University more than two decades ago, Eustace Conway decided to take a crack at Henry Thoreau’s philosophy of getting back to nature –  that is, of living “deliberately.”
“I live in a much different way and I’m glad for it,” Conway told Fox 8 WGHP-TV.

He purchased some land outside Boone, N.C., built up his property, and has been using his “nature school” to teach hundreds of people how to live closer to nature ever since.

His lifestyle became so notorious, in fact, that he has been featured on The History Channel’s “Mountain Men“:

But in 2012, citing safety regulations, county officials decided they need to shut down the noted naturalist’s school.

“Basically, I’m living like the American heritage pattern of all of our ancestors and the modern world isn’t. They don’t know how to accept me,” Conway said.

The county issued Conway a cease and desist order, saying his property wasn’t up to code.

“This is supposed to be the land of the free,” he said, “government is supposed to help people [and] protect their individual liberties and freedom. That’s not what’s happening here.”

“My gosh,” he added, “This is the country that I pledge allegiance to?”

The county argues that it is only doing its duty protecting public health and safety, the Fox affiliate notes, and says his “nature school” can continue – but only after it meets the county’s standards.

Problem is, to meet said standards, Conway’s “nature school” would cease to be, well, natural. Also, the county’s demands are a little strange considering that after all this time (26 years) and several inspections, it has suddenly decided his property is a hazard.

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6 comments:

  1. what he needs to find out is the name of the developer that wants his land. Some bureaucrat didn't just wake up one morning and decide the school was a threat to public safety and needed to be shut down. There is a reason behind it.
    Possibly because he drew attention to himself by going on a reality show.

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  2. Boone (Watauga County) is overrun with liberal morons. I blame it on App State.
    Terry
    Fla.

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  3. Brian In FloridaMarch 1, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    He got noticed.
    That is all you have to do now is get noticed and the tidal wave of bureaucracy will come down on you like a ton of bricks.
    Being noticed now is like being on the wrong end of "Whack-A-Mole".

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    1. That is all you have to do now is get noticed and the tidal wave of bureaucracy will come down on you like a ton of bricks.

      Seems so, unfortunately.

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