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The Story of a Real Hermit and His Legacy, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve

 
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In the past we have had some folks who posted some memorable posts that I remember with fondness.

This is a great story about  the Appalachian mountain people https://permies.com/t/73501/gift

When I think of the Appalachian mountain people, I sometimes think of moonshiners and hermits.  I also think about my relatives since that is the area they were from and as a kid I remember my Dad pointing to a house and saying a hermit lived there.

Actually the above story is about the Hicks family.  Ray Hicks is a renowned Appalachian storyteller.



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Since its recognition as a distinctive region in the late 19th century, Appalachia has been a source of enduring myths and distortions regarding the isolation, temperament, and behavior of its inhabitants

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachia


I have also enjoyed the story of Dick Proenneke

Here is the story of Dick Proenneke he went alone into the wilderness and built a log cabin with hand tools, many that he made himself.  I believe many would call him a hermit.

https://permies.com/t/1102/Wilderness-Story-Dick-Proenneke





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This post about hermits  https://permies.com/t/100369/Hermits

reminded me of the story of the Hicks family and also of this article from the Texas Coop Power Magazine, about a real hermit and his legacy:

A Hidden Man’s Gem

Eccentric hermit Elmer Kleb helped transform his family homestead near Houston into a woodland preserve.

https://www.texascooppower.com/texas-stories/nature-outdoors/a-hidden-mans-gem

Elmer Kleb didn’t like school.

The truth is he didn’t like people much, either. What he did like were birds, trees and solitude. His preferred companion was a black buzzard with a broken wing that lived with him in his run-down house on 133 acres. The buzzard apparently didn’t mind that the century-old dwelling had no electricity or running water.





Kleb Woods Nature Preserve, located in northwest Harris County on FM 2920, is open from 7 a.m. until dusk. Visitors may wander among the restored historic farm buildings or take shady trails that lead through towering pine and oak forests and scattered wetlands. A new nature center houses an auditorium and classroom, which attracts groups interested in birding and local history.



f you live in Texas, especially near Houston, you might want to visit this Nature Preserve.  http://www.pct3.com/Parks/All-Parks/kleb-park  This website has some excellent links for the birds and butterflies found on the preserve.



 
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I thoroughly enjoyed One Man's Wilderness about Dick Proenneke on CD. As I recalled much of it is excerpts from his diaries. I see that it is also an audiobook on Amazon and it is free if you have the service.
 
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