Eustace Conway is an American naturalist with a lot of reckless instincts in him, no wonder he is one of the biggest stars of the History Channel classic “Mountain Men”, among other members – Morgan Beasley, Tom Omar, Charlie Tucker, and Marty Meierotto
He is the subject of the book The Last American Man – a biography of Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love), which was recognized by the New York Times in 2002 as a remarkable book.
His life is also the inspiration behind the adventures in the simple life of Sarah Vowel in the weekly radio show and This American Life with Ira Glass.
Eustace Conway Bio/Wiki
Eustace Conway was born Eustace Robinson Conway IV on September 15, 1961, in Columbia, South Carolina.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and English from Appalachian State University.
Conway left home at the age of 17 to live in a tepee in the forest. He hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and claims to have set the world record for crossing the United States on horseback from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
A record that, according to the New York Times and Los Angeles Times and the book “Bud & Me”, was actually set in 62 days.
This journey was first undertaken by Bud and Temple Abernathy, aged 11 and 7, who rode 3,619 miles (5,824 km) from New York City to San Francisco on a horseback tour that began in August 1911.
In 1987, Eustace founded a lifelong dream, the Turtle Island Preserve, an environmental education center with a 1,000-acre wildlife preserve near Boone, North Carolina.
Conway was one of the four leading actors in the 2012 documentary Reconvergence, directed by Edward Tyndall.
A 2003 documentary about Conway’s life, Full Circle: A Life Story of Eustace Conway, was directed by Jack Bibbo.
Conway appeared in Mountain Men, a reality television series on the History Channel that has been on air since 2012.
The series, currently in its sixth season, focuses on Conway’s daily life, where he does his chores and prepares food for the coming winter.
In November 2012, Turtle Island was forced to close public access because its traditional buildings violated building codes.
In mid-December 2012, Conway appeared to be making progress toward a resolution with the North Carolina Building Code Council.
However, after making this apparent progress with the Code Council, Conway was arrested for trespassing on a neighbor’s property in a property boundary dispute and continued legal proceedings against Turtle Island.
Conway’s problems with the North Carolina Building Code Council were quickly brought to the attention of state officials, prompting the North Carolina General Assembly to propose an exemption from the requirements of the Building Code for primitive buildings.
Both the state House of Representatives and the Senate voted unanimously in favor of H774. The bill was signed by Governor Pat McCrory on 12 June 2013.
Conway’s dear friend from the same show, Preston James Roberts, passed away around September 2017, and he took over his Facebook to share the sad news with fans and the public.
Eustace Conway Family
The parents of Conway are Eustace Robinson Conway III and Karen Conway. He has two brothers and one sister. Their names are Judson, Walton, and Martha.
Eustace Conway Married, Wife
Eustace Conway is one of those rare personalities who seems to be completely satisfied with his single life. He is neither married nor divorced.
Instead of a wife, Eustace seems to find more joy and happiness by taking care of his home, Turtle Island, and the nature around him.
His single life has raised suspicions and rumors that he might be gay. But Eustace has not talked about his sexuality, nor has he shown the traits that resemble suspicion.
The 56-year-old naturalist Eustace Conway is said to have an enormous net value of 200,000 dollars (two hundred thousand dollars).
The enormous amount comes primarily from the revenues of his television show “Mountain Men”, from the environmental education center “Turtle Island Preserve” and other projects.
Conway is active on Facebook and is followed by 49,394 people.