Full schedule of events for 2019

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum would like to express our sincere thanks to all who visited with us in 2018!  Below is a list of our special events planned for 2019. We hope you will come to visit with us again this year! And remember, word-of-mouth is still a very powerful and effective means of advertising for us, so if you enjoyed visiting the museum let your friends and family know about us. Thank you again for your support of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum!


Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

2019 Calendar of Events:

All events are administered with the help of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates, a non-profit and community based organization formed in 1973 to assist and support the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.

January 26, 2019- Winter in the Lumber Camp: Outdoor fun in the snow with sledding, snow men, and snow art activities. Try your hand at cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates (conditions permitting) with the help of equipment provided by PA DCNR and volunteer instructors. Food and drink available in the program room.

February 15—17, 2019- Snow-mobility Weekend: Ride your snowmobile to the museum all weekend-long. Cross-country ski/ hike to the museum on Saturday 2/16/2019 for a Pancake Breakfast from 9 Am until 2 Pm. Documentaries will be shown in the program room.

March 10, 2019- Charter Day: Most PA Trails of History sites are free to the public to celebrate Pennsylvania’s birthday! Please visit the PHMC Trails of History website or the PA Trailheads blog for more information about other interesting activities happening across the state on Charter Day.

April 13—14, 2019- Spring Antique and Collectible Show: Dozens of antique vendors selling a wide variety of items; sawmill demonstration on Saturday, and birch still and blacksmith demonstrations all weekend; food available for purchase in the program room.

May 2, 2019– Potter County Envirothon: High school students from the county compete in educational events testing their knowledge on ecology, conservation, and the care and management of our natural world.

June 8, 2019- Youth & Family Field Day: Sponsored by the Black Forest Sportsman’s Club; youth 10 to 16 years of age are introduced to a variety of outdoor activities with their family. Qualified local instructors teach skills such as fly casting, turkey calling, GPS navigation, and astronomy. Admission is free, but requires pre-registration.

July 6—7, 2019- Bark Peeler’s 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.

August 3—4, 2019- Cork-Camp: A hands-on overnight history camp for families with 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 2018 Cherry Springs State Park Woodsmen Show. Pre-registration is required for participation.

August 31, 2019- 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 12—13, 2019- Fall Antique and Collectible Show: Dozens of antique vendors selling a wide variety of items; sawmill demonstration on Saturday, and birch still and blacksmith demonstrations all weekend; food available for purchase in the program room.

October 26, 2019- Spooky Lantern Tours at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum: 5 to 8 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 birdfeeders and have some refreshments in the museum program room.

December 14, 2019- Santa in the Shay: 12 to 4 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 coco will be served in the museum program room and shop a holiday bazaar of local artisans.

Every Month- 3rd Weekend Educational Series: Programs will cover a wide-range of topics presented through documentary films, lectures, and hands-on learning. Please call or visit the museum website or Facebook page to find out more.