The Lumber Museum’s Mill Pond at the 2012 Bark Peelers’ Festival. The mill is into production as evidenced by the steam cloud and visitors watching the demonstrations inside. Other participants are preparing the pond for the burling demonstration to...Read More
Competitors are hard at work during the 2012 Bark Peelers’ Festival. For decades visitors have attended this weekend long celebration of traditional lumbering activities at the PA Lumber...Read More
The Lumber Museum is home to an original Chestnut Log Cabin built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. This cabin was removed from its original location, Camp S-135, Dyer Farm, Potter County and re-erected at the Museum by the young men of the Pennsylvania Conservation...Read More
Snow covers the Logging Camp at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. Between the months of November and March, the logging camp and other exterior exhibits will be available only during favorable weather and temperature conditions. Please call the museum to verify the availability of these...Read More
There will be a special opportunity for snowmobilers to access the museum during our first ever Snowmobile Weekend, February 17th through 19th, 2017. Fingers crossed for the white-stuff!
On Sunday March 5th, 2017, there will be a showing of the documentary films: Mira Lloyd Dock: A Beautiful Crusade and Gifford Pinchot’s Conservation Legacy. These films were produced by WITF Public Television for the PA Conservation Heritage Project.
Thank you to everyone who visited the museum in 2016! Check out our 2017 Schedule of Events!
Registration is now open for a NEW history camp program at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Have you ever wondered what life was like for the people working in the Pennsylvania lumber industry in the late 19th and early 20th century? Well, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is beginning a new history camp program in 2017 that will show participants exactly what it takes to be a wood hick. Our “Cork” Camp (a play on boot-camp, named for the spiked shoes worn by loggers for traction in the woods) is scheduled to take place over three days in August (the 2nd through 4th), and will introduce participants to the history of the lumber industry through a variety of hands-on activities. Two days of learning will prepare our campers for the final day of camp- a live showcase of what they have learned presented at the ‘Woodhick Grove’ on the first day of the Galeton Rotary’s Woodsmen Show; an event in its 66th year, hosted by Cherry Springs State Park. Please visit the event page on this web site to find out more, or call (814-435-2652) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the museum to pre-register for the camp. We hope to see you this August!
Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers- the Photographic Legacy of W.T. Clark gains national attention through a New York Times “Lens” book review
The beautiful new book featuring the photographic images captured by William T. Clarke during the height of the Pennsylvania lumber industry in the late 19th and early 20th century was reviewed by David Gonzalez on the New York Times “Lens” blog in January, 2017. Authors Ronald Ostman and Harry Littell worked closely with the staff of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to create this publication. The Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania provided financial and administrative aid for the publishing of this book. It is available for purchase in the museum gift shop, or through many major on-line book retailers. The museum plans to host the authors for a book signing event sometime in the spring of 2017. Please check back for more information on this event. A link to the New York Times story is included below:
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum educates the public about the Commonwealth’s rich lumbering history and the ongoing care, management, and recreational use of its forests. Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum’s working historic saw mill, recreated lumber camp, exhibits, public programs and collections to discover the relevance of history in their lives. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates which is a non-profit community-based organization.
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is open to the public year-round, Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The museum is closed all Federal holidays except Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Located in scenic Potter County along U.S. Route 6 at mile marker 188, between Galeton and Coudersport, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is well-positioned relative to the history of the densely forested Allegheny high plateau. The museum is home to thousands of objects ranging from prehistoric stone tools, to a variety of twentieth century chain saws. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to practice activities such as swinging an ax, sawing a tree, piloting a log raft, and racing locomotives. Large outdoor exhibits are located throughout the 30-acre museum campus and include a re-created early 20th century logging camp, the museum’s popular 70-ton Shay geared-locomotive, and a 1910 Barnhart log loader. A rustic log cabin build by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 showcases the talents and craftsmanship of these dedicated citizens. Other exhibits include a steam-powered sawmill and log pond, a 1945 Brookville switch engine once used in a tannery, and a Sustainable Forestry Trail that loops through forty acres of forest surrounding Commissioner Run.
The museum’s Bark Peelers’ Festival, held annually over the July 4th holiday weekend, treats thousands of visitors to lively special events, contests, and demonstrations; all celebrating “woodhick” skills. Unique food and craft vendors provide guests with ample shopping and culinary opportunities. There is live music throughout the weekend, crafts and games at the Kids Korner, an operating steam-powered circular sawmill and birch still, blacksmithing, chainsaw carving, and door prizes. Visitors are encouraged to compete in the greased pole, log rolling, cross cut saw, and birling competitions to earn the title “Grand Champion Barkpeeler” and the associated cash prizes.
2017 Event is July 1 & 2!
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates (PALMA) are the official membership and support organization for the PA Lumber Museum, funding numerous projects and activities, including the Bark Peelers’ Festival. You are invited to join us!
Our collections focus on the history of the lumber industry in Pennsylvania. We also touch on the use of the Commonwealth’s forests and the environmental impact of lumbering activities. Collections range from locomotives to commemorative pins and everything in-between, including photographs and research materials.