to the web site of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society.
The Museum is closed for the season,
but will reopen March 28, 2015:
Open Mar 28-May 3 weekends only 12pm -4pm; May 9-July
19 every day 9-4; July 20-Aug 9 every day 12-4; Aug
12-Nov 1 W-Sun 12-4 Hiker Festival Jun 6.
Special Events: Times to be announced
Admission is free. Phone:
717 486-8126 For
directions & lodging options, click here.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
permission to display information along with the
hiker photos is available by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a list of items that you might be able to provide
to help the museum run smoothly, see the item
Thank you for your interest and support,
- Larry Luxenberg, Museum Society President
exciting things to do in the area can be found on the
Pine Grove Road
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