"Lumber History Is Our Business"

Up Coming  Events

The 2nd Annual Community Day event will take place at the museum on Saturday May 6th, 2017. Admission to the museum and the day’s events is FREE to the public. Come and find out more about what’s going on in our community.

This year’s Youth & Family Field Day event will happen right after the end of the school year, on Saturday June 10, 2017. The event is FREE for youth between the ages of 10 an 16 years (and a parent or guardian) but pre-registration is required.

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!

NEW Videos of the Saw Mill in Operation!

******2017 Bark Peelers Festival Events And  Times*******

July 1st 2017 And July 2nd 2017

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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 (palumbermuseum@gmail.com) the museum to pre-register for the camp. We hope to see you this August!

In the NEWS:


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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.

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   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 the wood hick and the traditional logging activities of Pennsylvania, held annually over the July 4th weekend. This signature event dates back to 1974.

2017 Event is July 1 & 2!



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
James M. Vaughan, 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