"Lumber History Is Our Business"

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is Hiring!

Interested in environmental and industrial history?  Hands-on curatorial work?  The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in beautiful Potter County is looking for an experienced curator to manage, interpret, and care for a variety of collections including archival and library material, two historic buildings, and outdoor exhibits related to the history of logging and Pennsylvania’s forests.  http://lumbermuseum.org/home/job-opportunities/

Up Coming  Events:

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.

Please join us on Saturday August 18 at 1 pm to build model log rafts and race them in Commissioner Run. Fun for kids and adults! This event will be dependent on weather and water conditions. Please call the museum to verify.

The museum’s Fall Antique and Collectible Show will take place on October 6 & 7, 2018. This will be your last chance to see our sawmill in operation for 2018. Dozens of vendors will have a wide and interesting variety of items for sale. Food is also available for purchase.

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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Slide Show of images from the reconstruction of the Webber cabin at the PA Lumber Museum
A dedication ceremony for the cabin was held on July 7th 2018. A video of the dedication will be added to this page soon.

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In the NEWS:

 

The results are in: here are your 2018 Grand Champion Woodhicks.
 

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   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.

BARK PEELERS’ FESTIVAL

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.

2019 Event is July 6 & 7!

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PALMA INFORMATION

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!

COLLECTIONS & EXHIBITIONS

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