"Lumber History Is Our Business"

Up Coming  Events:


Please join us for an educational adventure in outdoor recreational activities at Potter County Youth & Family Field Day. This event REQUIRES PRE-REGISTRATION by June 7th, 2018, and will take place on Saturday June 9th, 2018.

In preparation for the birling contest held at Bark Peelers’ Festival in July, the museum will be presenting a Log Birling Clinic on Saturday June 23rd. This event will provide advice and expertise for anyone interested in improving their birling-game.

It’s time for our BIGGEST event of the year! Please join us for all of the fun and excitement of the 44th Annual  Bark Peelers’ Festival, July 7th and 8th, 2018.

The museum’s Family History Camp will take place on August 4th and 5th, 2018. Participants at this “Cork Camp” will learn to live and work like a Pennsylvania woodhick, and then demonstrate their skills at the Galeton Rotary Woodsmen Show held at Cherry Springs State Park.


The museum will be the host site for the second B&S Railroad Symposium; presented by the Potter County Historical Society and scheduled for August 11 and 12, 2018.

Check out our 2018 Schedule of Events!

NEW Videos of the Saw Mill in Operation!

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

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In the NEWS:


Winter weather cooperated this year, and the Lumber Museum was able to host its first successful Snowmobility Weekend on February 9, 10 and 11, 2018. By working in conjunction with PA DCNR, we were able to designate a special trail that allowed riders to access the museum on their snowmobiles. Museum volunteers also led a 4.5 mile cross country ski excursion that began at the Susquehannock State Forest district office and ended at the museum.

Whether you arrived by ski, snowmobile or more conventional means, there was a hot pancake and sausage breakfast waiting for you. The museum reached out to Zook Molasses Company of Lancaster County, PA, (who always takes-out a full page ad in the Bark Peelers’ program) to see if they would be willing to donate some of their delicious products for the event. They agreed and sent a case each of pancake mix and syrup; this donation allowed PALMA to turn a modest profit on this first-year event!

Please visit www.goodfoodinc.org/products to find more Zook family products, and be sure to thank them for their generous support of the museum!





   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