Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees

Published Jun 1, 2016

Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The names of those who will be honored at the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame 2016 banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, PA, on Friday, June 3, 2016, have been announced.

The four Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame 2016 class honorees are 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.

Jim Foster, chair of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame selection committee, said a 6 p.m. reception will precede the dinner, which begins at 7 p.m. The cost of the reception and dinner is $30 for museum members and $40 for others.

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Maurice Forrester has spent his entire adult life advocating for and documenting the Appalachian Trail, as well as other trails in his native Pennsylvania. From 1975 to 1992, he served Appalachian Trail Conference (now Conservancy) as Treasurer, Newsletter Editor and member of the Board of Managers. He served as Chair of ATC's 1989 Biennial meeting in East Stroudsburg, PA. He was a founding director of the Appalachian Trail Museum, leading the effort to secure its home in the Old Mill building at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

Horace Kephart, a writer and outdoors advocate, was born in Pennsylvania in 1862. Kephart signed on to Benton MacKaye's dream of an Appalachian Trail in the 1920s. He played a major role in laying out the 70 mile route that the Appalachian Trail takes through the Smokies. He was killed in an automobile accident in 1931, just as his proposed Appalachian Trail route was being built. Just before his death, Mt. Kephart in the Smokies was named in his honor.

Larry Luxenberg's life has been inextricably tied to the Appalachian Trail since he read a news story about it in grade school. This led to his 1980 A.T. thru-hike and his involvement with key trail groups like Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association, the American Hiking Society and so many others. His 1994 book Walking The Appalachian Trail definitively documents the A.T. experience. He received ATC's highest honor, honorary life membership, in 2009.

Larry's crowning achievement was the realization in 2010 of his decades long dream to open a Museum devoted to America's most famous long distance hiking trail. As founder and President of the Appalachian Trail Museum, Larry has shown unswerving dedication to his goals, while quietly and unselfishly motivating others to aid the effort.

Henry Arch Nichols spent a long life in devotion to the Appalachian Trail, particularly the portion in his beloved western North Carolina. A longtime Forest Service official, he was given primary responsibility for developing a new route for the A.T. through North Carolina in the early 1940s. He almost entirely responsible--after a long crusade--in securing Max Patch for the A.T. He also served longer than anyone else on the ATC board (1939-1948,1952-1979).

Described by longtime ATC Executive Director David Startzell as a "gentle giant" of the A.T., Mr. Nichols tirelessly advocated for the preservation of precious trail icons like Max Patch, Hump Mountain and the Highlands of Roan. He died in 1989 at age 81.

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