A Story of an Adirondack Outlaw, Hermit, and Guide As He Might Have Told It
By Charles Yaple
Foxey Brown...is the fact-based story of railroad worker and college student David Brennan who, convinced he had killed a man in a Boston barroom brawl, fled to the Adirondack Mountain wilderness in 1890. Changing his name to David Brown, he became known as a crafty woodsman and popular guide until a hunting trip tragedy led to the largest manhunt in Adirondack History.
Living through the beginnings of the American Conservation movement, working class people like Foxey Brown tried to cope with increasingly strict State conservation laws and private parks as traditional (subsistence farming and hunting/gathering) ways of life disappeared causing some individuals to resort to thievery, poaching, setting forest fires and murder.
More than a history and mystery, Foxey Brown... is about human resilience and the transformation of a man's outlook and approach to life. Despite having taken place nearly a century ago, Brown's experience has messages for modern people.