A great way to give to the Museum this holiday season!
........... The Katahdin Art Project!

Another great way to support The Museum is to read about the A.T. in two books available for purchase through this website: One is a novel taking place along the A.T., and the other is a biography about Earl Shaffer, an A.T. Trail legend. click here to purchase

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Welcome to the web site of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society.

The Museum is open for the season, specific hours are:
Open Mar 28-May 3 weekends only 12pm -4pm; May 9-July 19 every day 9-4; July 20-Aug 23 every day 12-4; Aug 26-Nov 1 Wed-Sun 12-4; Plus: Labor Day (Monday, September 7) and Columbus Day (Monday, October 12)
Noon to 4:00 P.M.; Hiker Festival Jun 6.
Special Events: Times to be announced found in Events/News section
Admission is free.
Phone: 717 486-8126 For directions & lodging options, click here.

Located in Pennsylvania's Pine Grove Furnace State Park, about two miles from the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail, the Museum is halfway between Maine and Georgia. Appropriately, the Museum is housed in a building that is itself a historical artifact, a structure built more than two hundred years ago as a grist mill. It stands across the road from the Pine Grove general store, a site famed in hiker lore. It is here that thru-hikers traditionally stop to celebrate reaching the midpoint by eating -- or attempting to eat -- a half gallon of ice cream in one sitting. The Museum has had approximately 30,000 visitors from throughout the United States and 18 other countries since it opened in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in June 2010.

Nearby is the Ironmasters Mansion which is open due to the help of the Central PA Conservancy (CPC) and over 4,800 hours of volunteer help.

The Old Mill is owned by the State Park, but has had limited use in recent years. Following the negotiation of a lease agreement that allowed the building's use for museum purposes, extensive renovations were undertaken -- mostly with the use of volunteer labor. The result is that the main floor is now up to code requirements and is in use as the Appalachian Trail Museum. Plans are in the works for future renovations, as funds become available, that will make space available on another floor.

Current exhibits include a trail shelter that was built by hiker legend Earl Shaffer. The shelter, which has been replaced with a more modern one, was painstakingly disassembled at its former site on Peters Mountain in Pennsylvania and reassembled in the new Museum. In addition, there are artifacts that belonged to other hiking pioneers such as Grandma Gatewood, Gene Espy, and Ed Garvey. In the Museum computers display the more than 12,000 photos that have been taken of thru-hikers as they reached Harpers Ferry on their journeys either north or south. There is also a children's discovery area and hiker welcoming areas both inside and outside.


Your help will also be appreciated. There is a continuing need for volunteers, especially in the Museum area, who are able to assist with the running and management of the Museum, as well as to welcome and assist visitors.

Important! As a fledgling museum, only a portion of our space is being utilized, and of course money is a major need to develop other floors to include exciting exhibits. Please be a part of this endeavor by sending whatever contribution you can to the A.T. Museum at 1120 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324. after downloading our donor form to include with your donation, or click on Appalachian Al below to donate online.

Please check out the news page concerning the AT photo project and give your permission concerning your photo when you passed thru Harpers Ferry. More information and forms granting permission to display information along with the hiker photos is available by writing to atmuseum@yahoo.com.

For a list of items that you might be able to provide to help the museum run smoothly, see the item donation page

Thank you for your interest and support,

- Larry Luxenberg, Museum Society President

Other exciting things to do in the area can be found on the website.

Contact Information

1120 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA 17324
Phone: 717 486-8126

Electronic mail
General Information: info@atmuseum.org

Corporate Sponsorship Levels and their benefits can be found by clicking here

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