Appalachian Trail Museum's 2013 Progress Report

Published Dec 10, 2013

Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, near Garners, PA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, near Garners, PA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The growth and success of the Appalachian Trail (AT)Museum since its opening in 2010 has pleasantly surprised everyone involved in this beneficial project.

Museum volunteers, along with staff and board members, have done a tremendous job in saving, preserving and displaying historical artifacts and fascinating memorabilia from the Appalachian Trail.

The future is bright for this storehouse of AT treasures and memories.

Here are a few highlights from the Appalachian Trail Museum's 2013 President's Progress Report:


In June, the Museum opened its first Hall of Fame exhibit. Three classes of Hall of Fame individuals have been inducted at annual banquets held in Boiling Springs at the Allenberry Resort. In 2013, more than 100 people attended the banquet.

This year's honorees included:

  • Ruth Blackburn of Bethesda, Maryland
  • David Field of Hampden, Maine
  • David Sherman of Washington, D. C.
  • David Startzell of Shepherdstown, West Virginia and
  • Eddie Stone from Gainesville, Georgia, a lovely place to live, work and play.


Programs were held nearly every Sunday afternoon from mid-May to September, with some drawing as many as 100 people.

Jennifer Pharr Davis, who holds the unofficial speed record for completing the Appalachian Trail in 2011 (46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes), spoke at the Museum in July and led a hike.

For the third year, the Museum sponsored a picnic and talk by thru-hikers who were currently on the Trail.


The Museum's collection of artifacts continues to grow thanks to a steady stream of donations from generous individuals.


The Museum hosted a 30th "reunion" for the hiker class of 1983. About 50 people attended, when many of them saw one another for the first time in decades. Some had never even met on the trail, so this provided a first encounter.

For the occasion, the class put together a new exhibit for the Museum with 22 hiker stories, rare artifacts and more than 500 pictures.

We hope hiker reunions at the Museum will become an annual tradition.

Building & Grounds

After years of planning, work on the side ramps began, culminating in the completion of the "rampitheater" -- which provides handicapped access and an amphitheatre for the Museum's weekly programs.

Eventually, the ramps may become an accessible stretch of the Appalachian Trail, thereby making the whole trail through Pine Grove Furnace State Park handicapped accessible.

Work is under way on the ramp to the second floor, and interior construction work should begin this winter.


Following a search process, Joe Harold was selected to replace Howard Davis, who is retiring as Museum Director. Joe is an avid hiker who retired from the Coast Guard at the end of August. His outstanding 30-year career included Joe reaching the Guard's highest enlisted rank.


Giving from last year's Progress Report totaled $21,714.96, an all-time high amount for an Appalachian Trail Museum mailing.

Contact Information

Click Here to Download the AT Museum 2013 Progress Report

Click Here for AT Museum's Hall of Fame Induction of 2013

Click Here for AT Museum Info

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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