Map Unavailable

Date(s) - 10/17/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mountain Trails


Maine author Jeffrey Ryan will appear at Mountain Trails in Front Royal, Virginia to discuss his latest book, Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte, as well as his two other Appalachian Trail-related books on Thursday, October 17th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. as part of the store's popular "Third Thursday" Series.

Book Synopsis

When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. And almost 130 years later, we still don’t. A world traveler that spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It was clear that Whyte was hiding from something—enough to make even the FBI to eventually come looking. But even the Feds couldn’t imagine how Whyte, who lost every penny he had when WWI broke out, amassed another fortune before he died. Based on the true story, Hermit follows one man’s quest to discover all he can about Whyte’s secret life before it’s too late.

Early Acclaim

“I read the book – wow – I could not stop.  It is fantastic!!“
Glenn S. Poole President Monson Historical Society
“Jeffrey Ryan tells an engaging story about a mysterious Maine hermit who lived in the woods of Piscataquis County near the Appalachian Trail. The author takes us back to the mid-20th century in the Maine woods with a descriptive force and a gentle nostalgia that realistically evoke both time and place. "Hermit" will resonate with many readers who have experienced the mystique and beauty of the Maine wilderness."
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Maine State Historian After a brief presentation, Ryan will be available to answer questions. Copies of his books "Hermit", "Appalachian Odyssey" (about his 28-year section hike of the AT and "Blazing Ahead" (about how the AT was conceived and built) will be available for sale and signing.