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The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Responds to COVID-19

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We at the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) want to ensure that the public remains safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the Governor’s order regarding COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is closed until further notice. All special events scheduled to take place at the museum between May 1st and August 31st are cancelled (unless specifically noted below or on the museum Facebook page).

PHMC, in consultation with the Governor’s office and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, will continue to monitor this situation as it evolves. 

Thank you for your support. Please check the museum web site and Facebook page for updates on the possible rescheduling for special events and programs.

Please visit phmc.pa.gov for updates


Any changes affecting visitation or other PHMC operations will be communicated quickly via PHMC and affiliates’ digital and social channels. Visit PHMC online or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
For information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

CANCELLED – Community Yard Sale: This event is held near the U.S. Route 6 entrance to the museum. Reserve a vendor space at the event for a donation of $10; rent a table for $5 each. A high-traffic weekend for yard sales: thousands of cars will be traveling on Route 6 past the museum! 

CANCELLED – Bark Peelers’ Festival: Our biggest event of the year! Lively special events, contests, and demonstrations all celebrating “wood hick” skills. Unique food and craft vendors, live music, games at the kid’s corner, operation of our 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 Bark-peeler” and the associated cash prizes. 

CANCELLED – Cork Camp: A hands-on history camp for families and kids 10 and older. Learn about the history of PA’s forests, the how-to of wood hick skills, and an introduction to living history portrayals. On the 2nd day of camp, participants will demonstrate what they have learned at the Cherry Springs State Park Woodsmen Show. Pre-registration is required for participation. 

September 5, 2020 – Community Yard Sale: This event is held near the U.S. Route 6 entrance to the museum. Reserve a vendor space at the event for a donation of $10; rent a table for $5 each. A high-traffic weekend for yard sales: thousands of cars will be traveling on Route 6 past the museum! 

October 10-11, 2020 – Fall Antique and Collectible Show: The site bursts with activity this weekend! Antique vendors selling a variety of items; sawmill demonstration on Saturday, and birch still and historic trade demonstrations all weekend; food available for purchase in the program room.  

October 24, 2020 – Haunted Lantern Tours at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum: 6 to 9 Pm. Join us for a walk through the site by lantern light. Listen to ghost stories and trick-or-treat along the walk. Paint pumpkins and make pine cone bird feeders and have some refreshments in the museum program room. 

December 12, 2020 – Santa in the Shay: 12 to 3 Pm; Santa will be in the cab of the museum’s Shay locomotive to listen to your holiday requests. Take an instant pic with St. Nick, and make a special ornament for your tree. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served in the museum program room and shop a holiday bazaar of local artisans. 

Third Weekend Series: The PALMA Events Committee arranges monthly programs at the Lumber Museum. These programs cover a wide range of topics presented through documentary films, lectures, and hands-on learning activities. And the events usually, but not always, land on the third weekend of the month. Third Weekend Series events are free to all Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates. Otherwise, regular admission rates apply.