Eustace Conway, a naturalist, is best known for his appearances on the History Channel reality television series “Mountain Men.” In addition, he is the topic of Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel “The Last American Man.”
Sources estimate a net worth of $200,000 as of mid-2022, achieved via success in numerous undertakings. He is the proprietor of Turtle Island Preserve, a 1,000-acre preserve in Boone, North Carolina. It is projected that his wealth will expand as he continues his efforts.
Conway was born on September 15, 1961, in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. While little is known about Eustace’s boyhood, it is known that at the age of 17, he fled home to live in a tipi in the woods. He later trekked the entire Appalachian Trail before graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in anthropology and English. He later claimed to have set a world record for riding a horse across the United States on a journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Several media then challenged the claims, claiming that the record was set by Bud and Temple Abernathy, aged 11 and 7 at the time, on a 62-day trek from New York City to San Francisco, which was recounted in the book “Bud & Me.”
In a segment called “Adventures in Simple Life,” which began airing in 1998, a weekly show called “This American Life” provided insight into Eustace’s travels. Episodes of the show included audio that was made on a recorder that he and his party of tourists carried.
According to reports, there have been no rumors of his being romantically involved or marrying, many outlets believe he is still unmarried. Despite his title as a naturalist, he is not out of touch with technology.
In 2003, a documentary film based on Conway’s life, “Full Circle: A Life Story of Eustace Conway,” directed by Jack Bibbo, was released, increasing Conway’s notoriety and paving the path for his ultimate career in front of the camera. In 2012, he appeared in another film called “Reconvergence,” which focuses on the perspectives of many people. Conway played the naturalist, and the documentary also featured a biologist, poet, and historian.
Around the same time, he was cast in the History Channel’s reality series “Mountain Men,” which premiered in 2012. The show centers on him and his Turtle Island property in North Carolina are the Blue Ridge Mountains. He assists individuals by teaching them outdoor survival skills, as well as old strategies for living off the land and earning an income. The show also focuses on a lien against his property and his battle to keep ownership. Preston Roberts, a close friend, frequently appears with him on the show.
Turtle Island was forced to limit public access in 2012 owing to building code violations in North Carolina. Eustace appeared to be making headway toward addressing the matter with the North Carolina Building Code Council a month later, but his progress was cut short when he was jailed for trespassing on a neighbor’s property over a border dispute. The North Carolina General Assembly later became aware of the issues and offered an exemption to building code standards for rudimentary constructions. The bill was eventually enacted and signed by Governor Pat McCrory, and the entire drama was chronicled in the Fox News special “War on the Little Guy.”
There have been various death rumors surrounding Eustace during his life, however, they have all been proven false, as the death reported on one occasion was really that of Eustace’s father, Eustace Robinson Conway III. Preston Roberts, a close friend of his, died in 2017 after a long struggle with cancer after it was discovered that he had an inoperable tumor in his liver.
He is active on social media, notably on Facebook. His profile includes information about some of the projects he’s worked on, such as an educational summer camp for children. He also shares a lot of images from his recent adventures. He mostly uses the online platform to gain support for projects that would otherwise be unable to proceed due to a lack of money. In addition, he advertises his appearances on the show “Mountain Men.”