How did a hermit in Monson, Maine amass a fortune?

Author talk with Jeffrey Ryan at Thomaston Public Library

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THOMASTON — Join Thomaston Public Library, Monday, October 28, at 5 p.m., on for a talk from Jeffrey Ryan about his recently published book, Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte.

“Based on a true story, Hermit weaves a tale almost too fantastic to be believed,” said the Library, in a news release.

When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. Almost 130 years later,  people still don’t. A world traveler who 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 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. 

Hermit follows one man’s quest to discover all he can about Whyte’s secret life before it’s too late.

Jeffrey Ryan is an author, adventurer, photographer and historian. He has written several books about his outdoor exploits, his fascination with hiking trails and the people and places found just off the beaten path. His debut book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America’s Trail was hailed by the former Executive Editor of National Geographic as “a classic of nature and travel writing” and set off a national tour (in a 1985 VW camper, no less).

His books are known for weaving a deep appreciation for history into walks across contemporary landscapes that give readers the feeling they are hiking right alongside. When Ryan isn’t trekking, chasing down a great story or spinning yarns from his keyboard, he enjoys sharing his adventures with audiences who love the outdoors.

He spends much of his time in his beloved native state of Maine.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the library at (207) 354-2453.

Event Date: 

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 5:00pm

Event Location: 

Thomaston Public Library


60 Main Street
Thomaston  Maine
United States