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'Camping In The Old Style' Returns Saturday To Cradle Of Forestry – Brevard NC


The U.S. Forest Service invites the public to attend “Camping in the Old Style,” a re-created campsite of the early 1900s at the Cradle of Forestry on Oct. 10.

During this time in history, the Pisgah National Forest was in its infancy.

City folk were discovering the joys of outdoor recreation. It was a time when camping meant sleeping under canvas and cooking over an open fire.

Here in the wood smoke, surrounded by the outdoor gear of a by-gone day, the traditional skills of camping will be practiced in their proper setting.

“Camping in the Old Style” will be presented by the Traditional Outdoor Skills Program, The Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia, N.C. Steve Watts, noted primitive skills educator and practitioner from The Schiele, has been teaching traditional camping workshops for a number of years.

He and his classic camping team, known as the “Acorn Patrol,” demonstrate the low-tech/high-skill approach as practiced in the outdoors between the 1880s and 1920s, what some consider the Golden Age of Camping.

Visitors can see fires ignited by flint, steel and friction, old-style campfire cookery, four different styles of period shelters, and traditional camp tools in use.

Each camper has expertise in various aspects of woodcraft, history and nature study, and welcomes questions from visitors.

“Camping in the Old Style” is inspired by Horace Kephart, author of “Camping and Woodcraft,” originally published in 1906. Kephart’s approach to enjoying the outdoors holds lessons for today's modern campers.

The Cradle of Forestry is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and is free for youth under age 16.

Golden Age, America the Beautiful and Every Kid in a Park passes are honored.

The Cradle is located in the Pisgah National Forest on U.S. 276.

Call (828) 877-3130 or visit http://www.cradleof for more information


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