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
Please join us the weekend of October 7th and 8th for our Fall Antique & Collectible Show/Sale. The leaves should be at peak color, and we will be running our steam-powered sawmill! Admission is a bargain at only $5.00.
The PALMA Annual Membership Meeting will take place on Sunday October 15th at 1 Pm. A light lunch will be available to all PALMA members, and will be followed by a program presenting a pictorial history of the PA Lumber Museum. Please bring along your photos of the museum to share with other members.
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is pleased to present the grand opening of a new temporary exhibit! Working Together for Wildlife: Selected Paintings, 2007 to 2017 will be on display in the museum changing exhibit gallery through the end of 2017.
Check out our 2017 Schedule of Events!
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AmeriCorps NCCC Participants Visit the PA Lumber Museum to Learn More About Their CCC-Roots
The Civilian Conservation Corps was established in 1933 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; a part of his “New Deal” work relief programs. The CCC sought to provide employment to millions of young men suffering through America’s Great Depression while simultaneously addressing larger concerns regarding the care and management of the nation’s natural resources and public lands. In Pennsylvania alone, the CCC planted 50 million trees, helped to manage 450,000 acres of forest land, built or repaired 6,300 miles of roads and trails, and created the recreational infrastructure for dozens of state parks. The program ended in 1942 as the United States entered World War II, and by that time more than 194,500 Pennsylvanians had served in the CCC.
Considered a great success, the CCC has inspired the creation of many new community service programs, including the National Civilian Community Corps. Administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps, the NCCC program places groups of young men and women ages 18 to 24 with regional non-profit organizations and government entities to assist in the completion of a variety of community service projects. Open to all U.S. citizens, nationals and lawful permanent residents, the program works from the premise that “civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens and that national service programs work effectively with local communities to address pressing needs” (Click HERE to learn more or apply).
In June, 2017, a group of nine young NCCC enrollees visited the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum during the tenure of their community service work in Potter County. The museum was happy to host the group, helping them to learn more about the CCC’s contributions to our national well-being. The museum’s exhibits focus extensively on the CCC’s impact on Pennsylvania’s Forests, and our collections include a chestnut-log cabin built by the CCC in 1936, and a bronze “worker statue” commemorating the service of all involved in the program. The museum would like to thank the NCCC for visiting, and for all of their hard work in service to our region.
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.
2018 Event is July 7 & 8!
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.