The Birthplace of Forest Conservation in America

October 11 & 12, Camping in the Old Style

October 11 & 12, 2014

Visit with a small group of re-enactors in a reconstructed 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. 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 camp and trail will be practiced in their proper setting.


“Camping in the Old Style” is presented by the Traditional Outdoor Skills Program, Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia, North Carolina. Visitors can see fire 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.


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