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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Hermits are Ancestors you will Never Find #northcarolinapioneers


Hermits are Ancestors you will Never Find

Blue Ridge Mountains
The hermits who resided in the North Carolina mountains never saw the census taker, or went to the court house. They did not own land, nor have known relatives. The legend of David Greer is documented from the Letters from the Alleghany Mountains by Charles Lanman (1849) and describes David Greer, the long-time herbit on Bald Mountain. Greer lived the life of a literary recluse in 1849. There is the story that he shot to the ground a man caught hunting deer on his land. Greer was brought to trial and acquitted on the ground of insanity. However, this decision enraged Greer and when released, he started walking towards his cabin muttering loud curses and rebukes at the law. There are hermits today who occupy a stretch of land in the Blue Ridge Mountains about an hour from Asheville.
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