History Channel?s North Carolina Mountain Man Fights Gov?t for Control of His Property | Video | TheBlaze.com "After graduating from Appalachian State University more than two decades ago, Eustace Conway decided to take a crack at Henry Thoreaus philosophy of getting back to nature that is, of living deliberately. I live in a much different way and Im 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 Channels Mountain Men. But in 2012, citing safety regulations, county officials decided they need to shut down the noted naturalists school. Basically, Im living like the American heritage pattern of all of our ancestors and the modern world isnt. They dont know how to accept me, Conway said. The county issued Conway a cease and desist order, saying his property wasnt 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. Thats not whats 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 countys standards. Problem is, to meet said standards, Conways nature school would cease to be, well, natural. Also, the countys 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. Conway believes the county is merely looking to shut him down and he doesnt think he has much of a chance in this fight. Im not confident I can win [this], he said. Im confident I ought to win it. Im confident it shouldnt be happening. But at this point, basically, what the government told me today is, You cant operate.