The Lumber Museum’s Mill Pond at the 2012 Bark Peelers’ Convention. 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 Convention. For decades visitors have attended this weekend long celebration of traditional lumbering activities at the PA Lumber...Read More
Artist’s rendering of the expansion project at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. Once completed, the new Visitors Center will house a new interpretive exhibition, gift shop, kitchen and other amenities. Plans also call for a changing exhibition gallery and community meeting...Read More
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is a recreated turn-of-the 20th-century lumber mill and camp with a visitors center and themed exhibitions, operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates (PALMA).
The Museum is in the midst of a major and long-anticipated renovation and expansion project for our visitor's center. This year-long project began in May of 2013 and should be completed in mid to late summer of 2014. The new facility will include expanded galleries, new interpretive exhibitions, community meeting space and commercial style kitchen space, among other improvements. For updates and photos, please click here.
The Bark Peelers’ Convention 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.
2015 Event is July 4 & 5!
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 Convention. 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.