• River Dave August 17, 2022 11:21 am

    ‘River Dave,' Banned From NH Site, Moves to Maine

    A hermit known as River Dave — whose cabin in the New Hampshire woods burned down after he had spent nearly three decades on the property and was ordered to leave — has found a new home in Maine. David Lidstone, 82, has put in windows and is working on installing a chimney on his rustic three-room cabin, which he said is…

  • New Hampshire March 31, 2022 9:37 am

    River Dave: ‘I Know My Days Are Numbered' at Disputed Woodlot

    A former hermit in New Hampshire who went back to live on the wooded property he was ordered to leave realizes that his time there is drawing to a close. David Lidstone, who just turned 82, is scheduled for a contempt of court hearing Thursday in his tug-of-war with a Vermont landowner over a patch of forest near the Merrimack…

  • New Hampshire March 8, 2022 12:30 pm

    ‘River Dave' a No-Show in Court on Trespassing Charge

    A former hermit in New Hampshire who has been charged with trespassing on the wooded property he made his home for 27 years, and was ordered to leave, didn’t show up in court for his arraignment Monday, and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. A prosecutor said the state has had no contact with David Lidstone on the…

  • River Dave January 4, 2022 10:08 pm

    ‘River Dave' Arrested After Returning to Live at NH Cabin Site

    A former hermit in New Hampshire whose cabin in the woods burned down after nearly three decades on the property that he was ordered to leave has been charged with trespassing there once again, turning a shed that survived the fire into a makeshift home outfitted with a wood stove. There had been an outpouring of support for David Lidstone,…

  • River Dave October 19, 2021 12:42 pm

    NH Hermit Secures Housing for Winter After Squatting Arrest, Cabin Fire

    An off-the-grid New Hampshire hermit known as “River Dave” is no longer homeless. One of his supporters posted on social media that temporary housing has been secured for David Lidstone through the winter while he decides whether to rebuild his cabin or accept some other housing. The location is being kept secret to protect Lidstone’s privacy, Jodie Gedeon wrote...

  • River Dave August 11, 2021 6:20 pm

    ‘River Dave' Ordered to Remove Property From Land

    David Lidstone, 81, has 60 days to remove his stuff from the New Hampshire property.

  • River Dave August 11, 2021 6:38 pm

    ‘River Dave' Appears in Court as Legal Battle Over NH Land Continues

    An off-the-grid New Hampshire man’s days living as a hermit appear to be over. “River Dave,” whose cabin in the woods burned down after nearly three decades on property that he was ordered to leave, says he doesn’t think he can return to his lifestyle. “I don’t see how I can go back to being a hermit because society...

  • River Dave August 9, 2021 2:48 pm

    NH's ‘River Dave' Grateful for Help After Fire Ravaged His Cabin

    An off-the-grid New Hampshire hermit known to locals as “River Dave,” whose cabin burned down on the wooded property where he was squatting for 27 years, says he’s grateful and overwhelmed by fundraising efforts and offers for a place to live. “I feel about as good as I ever have in my life,” David Lidstone 81, said in a phone…

  • River Dave August 6, 2021 12:29 am

    Still Upbeat After Cabin Fire, ‘River Dave' Hopes to Keep Living Off the Land

    David Lidstone, the 81-year-old man friends call “River Dave,” has lived in the New Hampshire woods for almost three decades, building a cabin in Canterbury and mostly living off the land. “He’s really a good soul,” said Jodie Gedeon, who met Lidstone 20 years ago while she was kayaking along the Merrimack River. They’ve been buddies ever since. “We...

  • New Hampshire August 6, 2021 12:00 am

    ‘River Dave' Hopes to Keep Living Off the Land

    A man who has been living in a cabin in the woods of New Hampshire was arrested amid a dispute over the land; his cabin burned down while he was behind bars.

  • River Dave August 5, 2021 1:05 pm

    NH Hermit's Cabin Fire Leads to State Investigation

    The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office said Thursday it has opened an investigation into a fire that destroyed a small cabin where an off-the-grid hermit had lived for almost three decades. David Lidstone, 81, lived in the woods along the Merrimack River and was known by locals as “River Dave.” He was jailed on July 15 on a civil…

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