I’ve gotten a real sense of what homesteading used to be. Living at the base of the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and working in the line of work that I do, you learn a lot about history. As I said to my homestead friend this week when she was sharing her concerns with me, just because someone has a homestead that looks all put together, doesn’t mean it can’t be taken away from them in an instant.
This friend is having her homestead taken away as we speak. It’s heart breaking. And there’s absolutely nothing she can do about it.
It’s true, folks. Just ask the homesteaders who we literally driven off their land and out of the mountains when the government came knocking. Every time I see an old stone house up in the mountains, I remember this piece of history. And if we refuse to know history, then we are simply doomed to repeat it.