It's hard to figure where to start. Without the figures of the French & Indian War, and the colonial period in general, there would have been no story to write. And without the author, James Fenimore Cooper, there would have been no The Last of the Mohicans, so that's where we choose to begin! We will always remember, and keep in our consciousness, those who paved the way ... we will always recognize the genius of the man who put pen to paper and helped to chronicle the life & times of those people.
Still, in terms of today, there are so many others who have helped us, in one way or another, build this Web Site. In the back of our guide booklet to the film's locations, On the Trail of the Last of the Mohicans, we thank many who helped in the search for those places and in the putting together of the booklet. So, too, will we thank those who aided us in creating & maintaining this Web Site of the same name ... whether it came in the form of encouragement & inspiration, or contribution, or other, more intangible ways, we thank you all!
We also thank everyone who has attended, & wanted to attend, our Great Mohican Gatherings in North Carolina. Special mention here to those who have helped put them together, not only for that assistance, but for the long term, day-to-day encouragement we have received from them: Marcia Meara, Jo Tishler, Ann Colby, Chris Boone, Myrrh Sagrada, Ilse Mann, Sarah Zentner, Sharon Cagle, Mary Garland, Stephanie McCulloch, Marc & Cherie Harbison, Ros Haddon, and Carol O'Connor!
Special mention to Kate Penman and Jayne Langan ... for their selfless work putting together Ariel's Auction!
Thanks to Chimney Rock Park, The Biltmore Estate, Sterling Diagnostic Imaging, the North Carolina State Forest Service, & the National Park & Forest Services for being so hospitable & cooperative!
A very special thanks to our fine friends, Bea & Mike Janisch, who have kept us focused with our "eyes fixed on our duty" & given us needed strength to persevere on many occasions when all we felt we really wanted to do was toss in the towel!
Of course, perhaps our greatest thanks go to each & every visitor & member of our WWWboard ... too numerous to name ... for the continued support ... the fodder that gives us the drive to continue!
- Elaine & Rich