The long hunters were the legendary woodsmen of the 17th and 18th century who were among the first white people to see the vast American wilderness. The term refers to the men who undertook extended hunting trips across the Blue Ridge. Often idealized as individualistic and adventurous, long hunting was an important part of the profitable American fur-trade system. Typically the hunts were well organized and planned expeditions of men working for trading companies in cities such as Charleston. Long hunters entered the wilderness in groups and built base. Hides were their primary interest and they hunted bear, buffalo, elk, deer, and panther. The era of the long hunters had ended by the 1800 as settlement altered the environment and as the fashion for animal furs declined.
Below is the Digital Heritage Moment as broadcast on the radio:
- Grandfather Mountain Over 700 million years ago two gigantic plates within the earth’s crust slammed together. Among the results was the creation of one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountain range, […]
- Great Valley Road
The Great Valley Road was a product of geography and history. It followed the contours of the Appalachian Mountains from southeastern Pennsylvania to the Carolina […]
- Extinct Species The Appalachian region is the home of more species of plants and animals than any other temperate forest on earth. Through the long stretch of geological time, life forms have come and gone.
- Shape Notes
Shape notes were invented in the late 18th century to simplify teaching people to sight-read unaccompanied sacred musical scores. They were called shape notes because, […]
- George W. Vanderbilt
George W. Vanderbilt, heir of the vast Vanderbilt family fortune, first visited the Asheville area as a young man in 1888. He fell in love with the mountains and began construction of a […]