Library Celebrates a Regional Classic

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Sam Hunnicutt and original copy of his book

More than 40 people attended Hunter Library’s free program, “The Legacy of a Mountain Man: True Adventures in the Smokies,” on September 28 to celebrate Special Collections’ reissue of Samuel Hunnicutt’s rare, regional classic, Twenty Years of Hunting and Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, first published in 1926.  

The event took place in the Special Collections Reading Room.  Jim Casada, a noted outdoors writer and Smokies enthusiast who wrote the book’s new introduction, discussed the life of famed mountaineer Sam Hunnicutt, a Swain County resident known for his wilderness prowwess prior to the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  “Samuel Jeter Hunnicutt was a man of the high hills to the core, but even in an era noted for producing rugged individuals and distinctive characters, he stands apart,” Casada said.

Twenty Years of Hunting and Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains is available for purchase online via UNC Press and Amazon. Join Friends of Hunter Library to support future library programming and events like “The Legacy of a Mountain Man.”

Jim Casada speaks at The Legacy of a Mountain Man event


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