Friday evening, June 3, the Museum held its Sixth Annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort. A record crowd of 99 attended. Four titans of the A.T. were inducted into the Hall of Fame, Maurice J. Forrester, Jr. of Williamsport, PA; Horace Kephart of Bryson City, NC; Larry Luxenberg, of New City, NY; and Henry Arch Nichols, of Ashville, NC. Each honoree or representative was given a custom made hiking stick made by John "Bodacious" Beaudet. Follow THIS LINK for more information of the 2016 honorees.
HERE is a slideshow of photos from the Banquet.
On Saturday, Hall of Fame Weekend activities continued at the Museum, located at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. In the morning, the Grand Opening of the Childrens Museum section of the A.T. Museum was held. Located in the basement of the Museum building, the Childrens Museum features a display on each of the 13 states through which the A.T. passes, with interesting anecdotes for each state. Countless volunteers contributed to the Childrens Museum, with the effort led by Gwen Loose and Margy Schmidt, volunteers and Museum Board members. A large crowd attended the Grand Opening.
HERE is a slideshow of photos from the Grand Opening.
In the afternoon, two of the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees, Maurice Forrester and Larry Luxenberg, regaled the crowd with tales of their involvement with the Appalachian Trail.