Mountain Men star Eustace Conway is fighting the United States government to keep control of his property. The North Carolina man was featured on the History Channel show which highlights the lifestyle of folks who choose to live deliberately in nature.
Eustace Conway graduated from Appalachian State University more than 20 years ago and then decided to take Henry Thoreau’s words to heart. The Mountain Men star purchased some property near Boone and established a nature school to teach others how to live in closer harmony with nature, The Blaze reports.
Conway became so notable that he was featured in a recent episode of the History Channel show. All was going well for the mountain man until 2012. North Carolina county officials cited safety regulations violations and shut down the nature school.
The mountain man had this to say about his battle against the government over property control during an interview with WGHP-TV Fox 8:
“I live in a much different way and I’m glad for it. 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. This is supposed to be the land of the free, government is supposed to help people and protect their individual liberties and freedom. That’s not what’s happening here. My gosh. This is the country that I pledge allegiance to?”
Eustace Conway was issued a cease and desist order which maintained that his property was not up to code. County officials claims they are only looking after the health and safety of the public. The mountain man’s nature school can resume, but only if it meets standards which would reportedly end the natural aspects of the facility.
Conway is rather confused by the sudden citation. The North Carolina nature school has been in existence for 26 years and was never noted as a safety hazard during prior inspections. The Mountain Men star also noted he is not confident he can win the battle against the citation because he thinks the county wants to shut him down.
Do you think History Channel star Eustace Conway should be able to keep his nature school in its natural state?
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