GARDNERS, PA. (October 8, 2010) - Karen Lutz, regional director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, presents Larry Luxenberg, president of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society, with the Center Point Knob Plaque from the Mountain Club of Maryland. Once a marker of the midway point on the 2,179 mile Appalachian Trail, the plaque will be displayed in the Appalachian Trail Museum as part of a new permanent exhibit that will open in the spring when the museum begins its second season.  The plaque was affixed by the Mountain Club of Maryland to a bolder on Piney Knob, Pennsylvania, in 1935. It disappeared in the 1940's and was found in the mid-1960's by Wilmer Harris, a farmer digging post holes.

The Appalachian Trail Museum opened on June 5, 2010, and is projected to have more than 8,000 visitors during its first season.

About the Appalachian Trail Museum Society

The Appalachian Trail Museum Society, a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization formed in 2002, organizes programs, exhibits, volunteers and fundraising nationwide for the Appalachian Trail Museum.  The museum opened on June 5, 2010, as a tribute to the thousands of men, women and families who have hiked and maintained the 2,179 mile long hiking trail that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. Located in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, Pennsylvania, the museum is conveniently near Carlisle, Gettysburg and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  Additional information is available at

MEDIA CONTACT Joe Patterson Appalachian Trail Museum Society

717-823-7556 joseph.patterson@e-lynxx.con