Turtle Island Preserve, Boone

4.9
#23 of 35 in Things to do in Boone
Turtle Island is located in a remote hidden valley at the end of a long gravel road. Our programs are full of lifestyle practices of earlier people from our great grandparent's time and back into prehistory. We orient to the basic foundation of where things come from and where things go. We plant and harvest in our gardens, milk goats, make bowls, spoons and tools of all size and description. We hunt and gather wild foods and medicines and natural resources abounding in our huge natural preserve. We cook on a fire, gathering our own wood. We completely made the many buildings of our farmstead; carved literally from the wilderness.

Accommodations for guests are simple shelters i.e., log houses and primitive tents. We really believe in getting back in touch with the natural world. We use outhouses for our bathrooms and learn to "go outdoors." This is a complete cultural experience not a watered down viewing. When a group comes here it is life changing for them. That is our vision, goal, and success! We get hands on "experiential" activities going whether harnessing a mule or pounding metal at the blacksmith shop or killing a rooster for supper.

Some people mistake a description of primitive living with "roughing it" but actually our ancestors moved gracefully with a balanced rhythm through daily economic challenges. It is the sophisticated "modern man" that, in his bumbling ignorance of earlier natural lifestyles, finds himself truly uncomfortably "roughing it" through his inability and discomfort of trying to exist in his "foreign environment" of nature.
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  • Turtle Island is famous thanks to Eustace Conway, a subject of books and interviews for his different fondness for living "off the land", which he exhibits on his 1000 acre chunk of the Appalchian...  more »
  • This place is wonderful. Desere the lady who showed me around was very knowledgeable highly recommend  more »
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  • Beautiful drive to a uniquely beautiful preserve. Places like this are few and far between. I hope they are able to continue the work and education they sharing with people.
  • Who wouldn't love having Eustace as a neighbor? 😃
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