Another Off-Grider Shutdown: History Channel’s Mountain Man Targeted by Government Zoning Officials

After 26 years of living off the land, and teaching scores of people about the American Heritage way of getting back to nature, Eustace Conway, who was featured on featured on The History Channel’s Mountain Men, has been forced to close his nature school.

Eustace Conway

Eustace, who purchased a large amount of land outside Boone, N.C., has been using his land to teach people how to live closer to nature. But now, thanks to government officials who don’t agree with his lifestyle, Eustace is being forced to fight for his way of life and to keep his school open.

Like many of the stories we’ve covered over the last couple of years, Eustace is another in a long string of people who are being “zoned” out of existence. From the heartbreaking story of Andrew Wordes, who took his life after code enforcement teams seized his home, to the Off-Gridders in California who are being illegally forced back on to the grid, what’s happening to Eustace seems to be a calculated attack on anyone who dares live a self-sufficient lifestyle.

It’s really sickening when you look into what’s really going on. We have government officials across our land who are threatening people, arresting them, and forcibly taking their land; and for what?

When did it become acceptable for the government to intimidate someone off their land? When did it become acceptable for the government to tell us how we can live on our own land? These aren’t people living in some urban area, where you might be able to make a case for zoning ordinances; these are people who live in rural areas of the country on large plots of land.

In the case of Eustace Conway, this is a man who lives on a large plot of rural land who isn’t doing anything to disturb anyone in any way. Yet county officials have literally shut him down and told him he can’t teach people how to live off the land unless he makes changes that would go against his way of life.

Here is his Story:

Government Crack Down on Self-Reliance and Liberty

Uncle Sam Propaganda Poster

While some dismiss these cases as localized issues, I believe they’re part of a larger movement to control the way Americans live. What we are seeing here is a coordinated attack on traditional American values and an all out assault on the self-reliant lifestyle.

I think evidence of this can be seen:

Shirts of Liberty

OFFGRID Survival book



  1. If he was smart he would just start his own religion. Then when the government steps in …..he says it’s a conflict to his religious beliefs. Problem solved and then he can run it tax free

  2. We have an out-of-control Government. All the more reason to support the Second Amendment. After all, the right to bear arms was originally intended to protect ourselves from an out-of-control Government.

  3. I have not seen this program, and I honestly do not know what implication and infractions the US govt’ seems to be putting against this person. I does make me wonder though. The Amish have always lived “off the grid” yet they are not harassed. Is this because their way of existing is based on religion and not just a way of life? And if so, couldn’t Eustice’s existence on his own land be a communal of religion and spirit with nature, in a self-religious nature? Which he shares with a school like experience for those who could possibly be wanting to learn the experience also? .. Just rambling here, certainly, but those were my first thoughts when reading the small bit of this ridiculousness. Let the powers that be, go bother something that really matters..

  4. This is truly alarming for any land owner who desires self sufficiency and wishes to live as they desire. Nothing but clearly exposing that the government has gotten too big. I’m so sad for Eustace and hope people will expose this all they can to fight with him. It’s nothing but CONTROL issues and makes me ashamed that those who are REALLY the criminals are actually running the country! Disgusting!

  5. Piss on the government – Federal, State, Local. I don’t need the government idiots tell me how to live my life. Somebody on here yelled “anarchy”, well that is a hell of a lot better than Socialism, Communism and a Stalin, Big Brother bunch of assholes.

  6. What Eustace Conway is teaching and sharing with others is needed, in a huge way!!!! I prefer his teachings to those in public schools and I am a teacher.

  7. I have known Eustace Conway for a long time. Knew him when he was living in a tent,I know him as a kind and gentle heart that has bad things going on in his life after fighting for that land for a long time the fight continues.he is not a man that would sit back and like all this negativity over someone doing their job so quit all the bull crap using him as ur right to to protest in this manner. The best way people can help Eustace is to stand behind him and support at town meatings and so forth. Every private organization has guidelines to follow and Eustace is no different. He knew this would come eventually as we all do,wether it be right or wrong or code or not code. It is the way it is. No change comes from losing or cool or being damaging with our words. This all comes from a guy who lives off grid in a shack and live off the land and have been doing it for two years. As the rest of u out that anarchy is not the answer it is the problem we are already labbeled anarchist but we don’t have to give ammo and prove the saying to be true. With I will shut my two cents worth down now and let all mule over my words thanks to all and have a blessed day

  8. Think on this knowing Eustace as I do all his building are done right because he has the knowledge to do so,but as all things upkeep is essential and sometimes if one of ur children was to go get hurt there 95% of u people would be ready to sue him and have him shut down and that’s the facts. As long as people can stand in the window and yell outside at the fight going on they believe that the fight will not come inside and they are safe,that is until they are hit in the back of the head because someone sneeked in the back door while they were doing all the lip in the window. Enough of the bull crap people it’s time to get ur hands dirty or shut the hmm up.

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