Read all about it. Ginseng poaching continues today.
Growing up in the Cumberland Highlands region of Eastern Kentucky afforded me the occasional chance to see how the old timers of the region practiced their traditions.
One of which was “sanging” or going out into the woods to gather ginseng, a root that could cure what ever it was that was ailing you.
Good article above about the poaching of this rare root in the nearby Smoky Mountains.