Visit with the Acorn Patrol, a small group of classic campers in a re-created campsite of the early 1900’s. At this time in history the Pisgah National Forest was in its infancy, and city folk were discovering the joys of outdoor recreation.
Camping in the Old Style Details:
The Acorn Patrol demonstrates early methods of camping at the turn of the 20th century. See bushcraft techniques of the NC mountains such as fire by flint, steel, and friction, and old style campfire cookery. Explore the gear of a by-gone day, four different styles of period canvas shelters, and traditional camp tools in use. Each camper has expertise in various aspects of woodcraft, history and nature study. They welcome any questions from visitors.
A founding father of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kephart was also a pioneer for preserving classic camping techniques. He was an author of “Camping and Woodcraft” (1906) and “Our Southern Highlanders” (1913). At this event you will learn how Kephart’s low tech-high skill approach to enjoying the outdoors holds lessons for today’s modern campers.
This event is Presented by the Traditional Outdoor Skills Program, Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia, North Carolina. Classic camping
General Event Information: Call (828) 877-3130 for details and updates. Event times are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Event admission (unless noted) is $5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. What’s included: everything the site has to offer that day, including historic buildings, indoor and outdoor exhibits, trail tours when available, and over 3 miles of paved trails fit for wheelchairs and strollers that put the forest at one’s fingertips.