A Back-to-the-Land Saga

By Jock Lauterer


248 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3847-8
    Published: January 1993

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In Hogwild: A Back-to-the-Land Saga, readers learn that the term “Hogwild” was an outrageous ideology—that a loosely organized confederation of like-minded individuals could carve out a simple country lifestyle from an enclave of mountain land, raise their own crops, bring up their children in peace and serenity, and build their own free-spirited houses with logs timbered from the local forest in an environmentally conservative fashion. It was in the 1970s when Jock Lauterer, a photographer turned builder, joined six other families on the 300 acre homesteading community in the Southern Appalachian mountain range while documenting his experience through pictures and vivid descriptions of the process of building “Old Tom,” the house that eventually housed him and his family.

About the Author

Jock Lauterer is the founding director of the Carolina Community Media Project. This initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is supported by the Carolina Center for Public Service, as well as the School of Media and Journalism where Lauterer also teaches community journalism and newswriting. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2001, Lauterer created and ran the photojournalism program for ten years at Penn State University. He has fifteen years journalistic experience as co-founder, publisher, and editor of two newspapers, the McDowell Express in Marion, North Carolina, and the Daily Courier in Forest City, North Carolina. Lauterer is the author of several books including Only In Chapel Hill (1968), Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey Now (1980), and Runnin’ on Rims (1986).
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