County officials have informed Eustace Conway, one of the star’s of History Channel’s Mountain Men reality television show, that he has to close his nature school. Officials from Watauga County, N.C., issued Conway a cease and desist order after determining the buildings on the property were not up to code and that they posed a risk to public safety.
“Basically, I’m living like the American heritage pattern of all of our ancestors and the modern world isn’t,” Conway told Fox 8 WGHP-TV. “And they don’t know how to accept me.”
Here is the full Fox 8 report:
Conway, who purchased a large chunk of land outside of Boone, N.C., about 26 years ago and set up a school to teach people how to live closer to nature, is upset about the recent developments.
“This is supposed to be the land of the free,” Conway said in the Fox 8 report. “Government is supposed to help people protect their individual liberties and freedom. That’s not what’s happening here. So, I’m thinking, ‘My gosh, this is the country that I pledge allegiance to every day?’”
Conway doesn’t think it will be possible to meet the county’s demands.
“I’m not confident I can win,” Conway said. “I’m confident I ought to win it. I’m confident it shouldn’t be happening. But at this point, basically, what the government told me today is, ‘You can’t operate.’”
Mountain Men premiered last May on the History Channel. It featured three mountain men as they trapped, hunted and lived in the backwoods. The other two featured mountain men were Marty Meierotto, of Alaska, and Tom Oar, of Montana.
The History Channel has not announced when the second season of Mountain Men will premiere, but they recently began promoting a new season. Trapper & Predator Caller will release details on the new season when they become available.