"Lumber History Is Our Business"

Up Coming  Events:

Join us for an outdoor day of fun in the snow on Sunday January 14, 2018, at our Winter in the Lumber Camp event. Outdoor activities are free; museum admission and snacks available for a nominal cost.

Check out our 2018 Schedule of Events!

NEW Videos of the Saw Mill in Operation!

See photos of the 2017 Bark Peelers’ Festival here:

Webber Cabin Slated to Become a New Exhibit at the PA Lumber Museum

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In the NEWS:


The connection between the Coudersport & Port Allegany Railroad caboose and the PA Lumber Museum

   Recent news out of Coudersport relates that the C&PA caboose that now sits in the Coudersport Arboretum near the corner of PA Route 6 and S. West Street may be moved to a new location somewhere within the limits of the borough as part of a proposed restoration project. This would not be the first time that this caboose was moved or restored… Local historian and railroad enthusiast Paul Pietrak wrote in his 1973 book on the C&PA Railroad that this caboose had been purchased by the Penn York Lumberman’s Club in 1971, and was scheduled to be restored and put on display at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. The Penn York Lumbermen were instrumental in helping to establish the museum in the 1960’s, and sponsored the purchase and restoration of the museum’s Shay locomotive and Barnhart log loader. After the club purchased it, the caboose was taken from Galeton to Emporium where it stayed for many years awaiting restoration. But, as these things sometimes go, the group never found the time or the finances to restore the caboose. It was eventually purchased by the Coudersport Chamber of Commerce in 1993, and was later moved to the Intermediate Unit 9 Vocational Technical School in Port Allegany were students began the three-year-long restoration process. When they finished the restoration in 1998 it was moved again, this time to its current location; just in time for Coudersport’s Sesquicentennial celebration. The Coudersport Chamber of Commerce voted to sell the caboose to Mr. John Wright, Executive Director of the Potter County Housing Authority, on September 21, 2017. More information about the possible fate of the caboose can be found here: http://solomonswords.blogspot.com/2017/09/coudersport-borough-says-no-sale-to.html

The Coudersport Chamber of Commerce has published an excellent guide brochure (available at the Lumber Museum) that includes information about the caboose and the C&PA line written by Bob Currin, former curator of the Potter County Historical Society. Current members of the historical society are still very interested in the caboose, and can provide more insight and information on the C&PA Railroad; active between 1882 and 1970. Find out more about the Potter County Historical Society here: https://www.facebook.com/pottercountyhistoricalsociety/




   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.

PA Lumber Museum_ Bark Peelers' 2016

   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.


The Bark Peelers’ Festival is a historical celebration of wood hick culture and the traditional lumbering activities of Pennsylvania, held annually over the July 4th weekend. This signature event dates back to 1975.

2018 Event is July 7 & 8!



palma_logoThe 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.



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Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Tom Wolf, Governor
Nancy Moses, Chairman
Andrea Lowery, Executive Director
With generous support from the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates
Lumber Museum Staff
Joshua Roth, Administrator
Patricia Berberich, Records Officer
Michael Berberich, Maintenance Foreman
Robert F. Miller, President - PA Lumber Museum Associates