Minnesota hermit: Dorothy Molter

Dorothy Molter (1907-89) — sometimes spelled Moulter — lived as a hermit in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, in the Superior National Forest, in northern Minnesota. She was the subject of a LIFE magazine profile on hermits and a book by Bob Cary entitled Root Beer Lady, the Dorothy Molter Story (Duluth: Pfeiffer-Hamilton, 1992). Molter was called the “Rootbeer Lady” because she offered her home-made root beer to visitors and travelers. A museum near Ely preserves her cabins and effects. URLs: http://www.canoecountry.com/dorothy and http://www.irontrail.org/Attractions/museums/Dorothy+Molter+Museum/.

Hermits portrayed

Two items about hermits portrayed in film and theater:
1. Lugger the 18th-century hermit who lived in a cave in Cornwall, England, is portrayed in a stage play; URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/cornwall/3922693.stm.
2. Robert Harrill, the Fort Fisher hermit of North Carolina, is portrayed in a documentary film. URLs: http://www.shelbystar.com/portal/ASP/article.asp?ID=10493; http://www.cucalorus.org/film_detail.asp?id=261 and http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/states/
north_carolina/counties/gaston/9222304.htm?1c
. For more about the Fort Fisher Hermit see our original note for July 30, 2003 (URL: http://www.hermitary.com/around/archives/000094.html).