Sandy Schenck, and his wife, Missy, permanently protected more than 2,600 acres of their Green River Preserve (GRP), a summer camp in southwest Henderson County, with a conservation easement held by Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy in 2006.
The Preserve is more than worthy of permanent conservation. But the Schencks protected GRP for more than its abundant natural resources. For them, it was also about preserving the history so deeply ingrained in its mountains, the heritage that lingers in its hollows, and the past generations that haunt the valley.
“We’re protecting the land but we’re losing the stories,” Schenck admitted. So for nearly two decades, it has been his mission to preserve the past at GRP by collecting its timeless lore. He enthusiastically shares these tales with the children who attend his camp. Like he has for the land itself, Schenck is ensuring that the history at GRP is passed on to the next generation. He hopes that they can learn from it, too.
The Green River Valley is steeped in heritage bestowed by both Native Americans and European settlers. One of the valley’s most fascinating stories involves a conflict between them. And while it is not a happy tale, it is one that should remind us that this land was cherished by many—enough to fight for it with tragic results. ...
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