First Museum Devoted to Hiking in the U.S.
May 11, 2009
The Appalachian Trail Museum has reached an agreement with parks officials in Pennsylvania to lease the Old Mill Building in Pine Grove Furnace State Park as the home of the museum. The 200 year old grist mill is within 2 miles of the midpoint of the A.T. and adjacent to the trail and the Half Gallon Club. It would be the first museum devoted to hiking the A.T. Trail in the U.S. The agreement is conditioned on the museum society bringing the building up to code within one year.
They envision installing displays and being ready for operation by April 1, 2010, when park visitation begins to pick up. The initial display would be the exhibit acquired from Cesar Becerra last summer which is flexible but can spread out to twice. Depending on fund-raising and volunteer commitment, they could also open with an exhibit on Grandma Gatewood.