Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is a fun and educational experience for the entire family. Nestled in the wooded mountains of Potter County, the museum invites visitors to discover the courageous yet reckless spirit of Pennsylvania’s lumbering past.
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The Museum preserves and interprets the colorful heritage of the Commonwealth's prosperous lumber era when white pine and hemlock were the wealth of the nation. We are located on US Route 6 near mile-marker 188, between the communities of Galeton and Coudersport in Potter County, PA. Mailing Address: PO Box 239 Galeton, Pennsylvania 16922 (814) 435-2652

The Museum preserves and interprets the colorful heritage of the Commonwealth's prosperous lumber era when white pine and hemlock were the wealth of the nation. We are located on US Route 6 near mile-marker 188, between the communities of Galeton and Coudersport in Potter County, PA. Mailing Address: PO Box 239 Galeton, Pennsylvania 16922 (814) 435-2652

Mission: 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.

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Not far from the PA Grand Canyon, there is a sign marking the former site of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp S-92 i...
08/10/2020

Not far from the PA Grand Canyon, there is a sign marking the former site of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp S-92 in the town of Asaph. This camp was opened in June 1933 and closed in October 1935. Enrollees worked on roads, trails, parks, and tree planting. Sadly, on Christmas Day in 1934, the orderly room, hospital, a barrack, and a supply room caught on fire. This in combination with a private property dispute was the catalyst for the camp to transfer four miles south to Darling Run. Check our news feed for recently posted pictures of the dismantling and transfer! The new camp became known as the Darling Run Camp S-155. See the site of Camp S-155 by walking a half mile, south, on the Pine Creek Rail Trail from the Darling Run access point.

08/10/2020
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Happy Birthday to Smokey Bear. Remember Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.

"Remember - Only YOU can prevent forest fires!" Smokey Bear became the official mascot of the U.S. Forest Service on August 9, 1944.

Happy International Cat Day! From the PA Lumber Museum and the Kitchen Staff of CCC Camp S-155 Darling Run. (Photo James...
08/08/2020

Happy International Cat Day! From the PA Lumber Museum and the Kitchen Staff of CCC Camp S-155 Darling Run. (Photo James McCarty collection 83.57)

After hemlock trees were felled in the forest by sawyers, “barkpeelers” stripped the bark from the logs. The bark was tr...
08/06/2020

After hemlock trees were felled in the forest by sawyers, “barkpeelers” stripped the bark from the logs. The bark was transported to tanneries for use in making leather.
Leetonia, a town along Cedar Run, had a successful tannery. The tannery and housing for workers were built in 1878 by William Creighton Lee. By 1883, the town had a population of 700! The town of Leetonia looks a lot different now. If you visit today, you can still see the workers houses and the remains of the tannery which are now private camps. Leetonia Cemetery is on the hill overlooking the tannery. A forest path reveals headstones nestled amongst the ferns.
*If you visit, please respect private property.*

As a reminder: the PA Lumber Museum will be hosting a ZOOM virtual lecture on the "Geography of Penn's Woods" on August ...
08/03/2020

As a reminder: the PA Lumber Museum will be hosting a ZOOM virtual lecture on the "Geography of Penn's Woods" on August 22nd. See the "Events" tab on our page for information on how to sign-up!

Happy Birthday to Us! The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is 50 years old today. Our Visitor's Center was dedicated on August...
08/01/2020

Happy Birthday to Us! The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is 50 years old today. Our Visitor's Center was dedicated on August 1st, 1970.

Unfortunately we cannot be open for you all to come celebrate in person so please check out this virtual exhibit on our website.

http://lumbermuseum.org/happy-50th-birthday-to-us/

In our little library we have trade books and publications related to the tanning industry. We have bound copies of late...
07/29/2020

In our little library we have trade books and publications related to the tanning industry.
We have bound copies of late 1940's/ early 1950's editions not only "Leather and Shoes" but also "Shoe and Leather Reporter".

(The image shows the April 1950 edition of each)

07/28/2020
Tanning Leather with Dan Rhodes

Here's another video from our series featuring Bark Peelers' volunteers! We were saddened that we didn't get to see you this summer for Bark Peelers’ Festival 2020. So, we are bringing Bark Peelers' to you by sharing videos of our volunteer presenters! We hope you will visit us for next year's BPF on July 3rd & 4th, 2021 and meet our presenters in person!
This video features Dan Rhodes from Bradford County Conservation District. He demonstrates leather tanning at the festival!
https://youtu.be/GeHRJaiz6QM

Dan Rhodes demonstrates the leather tanning process.

07/28/2020
US Route 6 in Pennsylvania

Thanks Route 6!

Let's start this week's Amazing Prospects Adventure in Potter County - home of the PA Lumber Museum and the Austin Dam disaster Memorial Park!

Learn more: https://paroute6.com/potter-county and Visit Potter-Tioga

*This video was provided by the PA Route 6 Alliance with financial assistance from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

If you come across a small building in the woods, like the ones pictured below, it is likely a dynamite magazine left be...
07/27/2020

If you come across a small building in the woods, like the ones pictured below, it is likely a dynamite magazine left behind by a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The size of the magazine depended on the number of explosives stored inside. Check out the guidelines for how to build a magazine in the pages of the CCC Safety Regulations book from 1935.

Some CCC photos for your weekend.
07/25/2020
Moving Day for Camp S-92

Some CCC photos for your weekend.

On Christmas Day 1934 a fire broke out in Civilian Conservation Camp S-92 Asaph, located in Asaph, PA, Tioga County. The fire destroyed the Orderly Room, Hospital, Supply Room, and one Barrack. The…

07/25/2020
Daniel Boone Homestead

Repaired sawmill in action at Daniel Boone Homestead.

The Bartolet sawmill in action! Prior to the invention of the saw mill, boards needed to be split and planed by two men with a whipsaw. It was a slow process that required a lot of strength. Early sawmills like this one used a water wheel to drive the saw blade. You can see it working here!

Random Artifact Time: Fleshing Knife
07/24/2020
Random Artifact Time: Fleshing Knife

Random Artifact Time: Fleshing Knife

Tanneries were an important part of North-Central Pennsylvania’s industry in the late 19th into the mid-20th century. Pennsylvania’s Tanneries were directly tied to the lumber industry …

07/24/2020
Daniel Boone Homestead

Our sister site Daniel Boone Homestead have made some repairs to their water-powered sawmill.

Our recently repaired water wheel is fully installed on the Bertolet Sawmill! One of the oldest working water powered vertical blade sawmills in Pennsylvania, this mill was functional in its original location in the Oley Valley until 1934 and moved to the Homestead in 1972. The water wheel drives the back and forth motion of the saw blade! We look forward to showing off more of this technology in the future!

Corbett- A Logging Ghost TownThe Hammond and Fish Chemical Wood Factory, built in 1893, drew people to this area off of ...
07/23/2020

Corbett- A Logging Ghost Town

The Hammond and Fish Chemical Wood Factory, built in 1893, drew people to this area off of West Branch Road near Galeton, PA. There were 30 homes, a hotel, general store, post office, and school. The factory closed in 1910. Residents moved out and Corbett became a ghost town. You can access the Mount Broadhead Trail from Water Tank Hollow Vista on PA 44 South. This trail follows a portion of the Buffalo and Susquehanna railroad grade. At the intersection of the first sign for the Tidewater Pipeline, you will be looking towards the town of Corbett—best viewed when there are no leaves on the trees. Hunting camps and an old log cabin are all that remain of this once booming town.

07/22/2020
US Route 6 in Pennsylvania

Two great sites along Route 6, worth a stop when heading west from the PA Lumber Museum.

Last week we completed our PA Route 6's National Recreation Trail Video Adventure. Now, let's go on an adventure along PA Rt. 6 to learn the story of northern Pennsylvania's "Amazing Prospects"—sites, landmarks, and attractions that tell tales of oil, coal, timber, and crops.

First stop: Erie County! Home of a historic Climax Engine and Lake Erie's US Brig Niagara at the Erie Maritime Museum.

Learn more: https://paroute6.com/erie-county and VisitErie

*This video was provided by the PA Route 6 Alliance with financial assistance from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Farrandsville Civilian Conservation Corps Camp S-120 is located near Lock Haven, PA, about 1.5 hours from the museum. Th...
07/21/2020

Farrandsville Civilian Conservation Corps Camp S-120 is located near Lock Haven, PA, about 1.5 hours from the museum. The company was made up of 200 WWI veterans. The enrollees improved Carrier Road and built Hazard Road through the state forest. After the great flood on March 17, 1936, the CCC boys at this camp rebuilt roads and cleaned up the city of Lock Haven. Stonework, remnants of the kitchen, and the camp circle where men gathered around the flagpole can be seen in the photos. The 90 mile long Donut Hole hiking trail passes through what remains of the camp.

Rivers and streams served as “highways” to transport lumber on rafts during Pennsylvania’s lumber era. The Allegheny Riv...
07/17/2020

Rivers and streams served as “highways” to transport lumber on rafts during Pennsylvania’s lumber era. The Allegheny River was used for transporting lumber products for a longer time period than any other PA river. The Allegheny River originates in Potter County, PA, about 20 minutes from the Lumber Museum. What starts out as a little trickle in a field, ends up as a mighty river by the time it reaches the city of Pittsburgh! Imagine what you might have seen and heard while afloat on a river raft.

Happy Parks and Recreation Professionals Day!We like to acknowledge our DCNR colleagues who take care of our State Fores...
07/17/2020

Happy Parks and Recreation Professionals Day!

We like to acknowledge our DCNR colleagues who take care of our State Forests and Parks and ensure that they can be enjoyed by all.

Business in communities near CCC camps could advertise in camp newspapers. The Main Street Theater in Galeton advertised...
07/16/2020

Business in communities near CCC camps could advertise in camp newspapers. The Main Street Theater in Galeton advertised its CCC and Family Bargain Night in a 1936 edition of "Lyman Run Ripples", the camp paper for S-88 Lyman Run.

I hear some new guy, a Humphrey Bogart, is pretty good in the "Petrified Forest" and afterwards we can all head over to Mary Lincoln's Sweet Shop for a malt.

What is it?Can you guess what this is and where it is located on the museum grounds?
07/15/2020

What is it?
Can you guess what this is and where it is located on the museum grounds?

It's amazing how much engineering goes in to little things we take for granted... like paper bags. So many forest produc...
07/14/2020

It's amazing how much engineering goes in to little things we take for granted... like paper bags. So many forest products used in our daily routines.

Female Inventors that used wood to change the world. .... Margaret E. Knight "Queen of the Paper Bag" invented the machine that makes the square bottom paper bag. She would also invent a window frame and sash in 1894. #palumberbuiltamerica

Many or our artifacts are currently in our Collections Storage and not on display. Here is a look at one of them.
07/11/2020
Random Artifact Time: The “Excelsior” Chamfer Plane

Many or our artifacts are currently in our Collections Storage and not on display. Here is a look at one of them.

This Chamfer Plane, used for making edges in woodworking, was made by the Mander and Dillin Company that was located on Germantown Ave. in Philadelphia. This particular plane was owned by F.P. Case…

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is delaying the reopening of state-owned historic sites and museums, inc...
07/08/2020

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is delaying the reopening of state-owned historic sites and museums, including the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, until further notice. With COVID-19 cases increasing across the country, we need to take every precaution possible to prevent a surge here in Pennsylvania. Please watch our website and social media for important updates.

07/07/2020
Lumber Camp Kitchen

We are saddened that we didn't get to see you this summer for Bark Peelers’ Festival 2020. So, we are bringing Bark Peelers' to you by sharing videos of our volunteer presenters! We hope you will visit us for next year's BPF on July 3rd & 4th, 2021 and meet our presenters in person!

This video features John and Jan Halter who demonstrate their cooking skills in the lumber camp kitchen at the festival each year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH9jQheZXEg

This video is about cooking in the lumber camp kitchen at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum with John and Jan.

07/06/2020
Eastlake

We are saddened that we didn't get to see you this summer for Bark Peelers’ Festival 2020. So, we are bringing Bark Peelers' to you by sharing videos of our volunteer presenters! We hope you will visit us for next year's BPF on July 3rd & 4th, 2021 and meet our presenters in person!

This video features John Eastlake who shares his extensive knowledge of the Civilian Conservation Corps at the festival each year.

https://youtu.be/FMsO5LboXQY

This video is about Eastlake

07/04/2020
Blacksmithing at the PA Lumber Museum

We are saddened that we won’t see you this weekend for Bark Peelers’ Festival 2020. So, we are bringing Bark Peelers' to you by sharing videos of our volunteer presenters! We hope you will visit us for next year's BPF on July 3rd & 4th, 2021 and meet our presenters in person!
This video features Doug Firestone who demonstrates blacksmithing at museum events each year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFmT3j8G5uw&feature=youtu.be

This video is about Doug Firestone and blacksmithing at the Lumber Museum.

Happy 4th of July!While we are saddened that we can't celebrate our annual Bark Peelers' Festival this weekend with you ...
07/04/2020

Happy 4th of July!

While we are saddened that we can't celebrate our annual Bark Peelers' Festival this weekend with you all be sure to check out our posted videos on our website (Or below in previous posts).

And remember if you want to celebrate Bark Peelers' at home stay 6 feet apart on your Birling Log and don't skimp on the lard for your grease pole.

Here is an image of Galeton, PA in it's patriotic finest, from the collection. (7.76.14.8)

A message from our friends at DCNR.
07/03/2020

A message from our friends at DCNR.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn reminded potential state park visitors the combination of expected fair weather and a holiday weekend could bring crowded conditions to many parks throughout Pennsylvania. Dunn said pandemic precautions remain in effect. She stressed the need for social distancing and the wearing of masks everywhere when within six feet of others or around those not sharing the same roof.
“Weather, of course, is the determining factor in turnout at all our state parks and last weekend saw all our parks heavily visited,” Dunn said. “We fully understand the value of the outdoors experience during these trying times, and we encourage park visitors to spread out to other less popular state parks and consider off-times or days other than the weekend,” Dunn said. “For would-be campers on this eve of a holiday weekend, all park campsites are booked.”
State park swimming beaches and pools are limited to 75 percent capacity. When parking lots reach that capacity, both will be closed to would-be swimmers until crowds lessen.
For updated state park and forest facilities, the secretary recommended DCNR’s What’s Open and Closed map.
Secretary Dunn said recent Bureau of State Park attendance figures show people turning to the outdoors in record numbers. May 2020 attendance reports show 5.8 million visitors compared to 4.2 million last year. The parks system increased by over 1.5 million visitors, a 36 percent increase, and 18 parks experienced more than a 100 percent increase.
Due to anticipated crowded conditions, Dunn noted it’s a good idea to have several locations in mind for outdoor activities so you can move on if the first spot is crowded or closed.
Also, Dunn noted visitors can help keep state parks and forest lands safe by following these other practices:
• Avoid crowded parking lots and trailheads
• Bring a bag and either carry out your trash or dispose of it properly
• Clean up after pets
• Avoid activities that put you at greater risk of injury, so you don’t require a trip to the emergency room
• Don’t hike or recreate in groups – go with those under the same roof, and adhere to social distancing
• Take hand sanitizer with you and use regularly
• Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
• If you are sick, stay home

As a US Territory, there were (at least) five CCC camps on Puerto Rico during the era of the program. Anyone up for a CC...
07/02/2020

As a US Territory, there were (at least) five CCC camps on Puerto Rico during the era of the program. Anyone up for a CCC research trip to a tropical island?

Civilian Conservation Corpsmen carry a supervisor with a broken ankle to a medical facility, Caribbean National Forest, ca. 1937. Photo: IITF

06/30/2020
Shingle Mill at the PA Lumber Museum

We are saddened that we won’t see you this summer for Bark Peelers’ Festival 2020. So, we are bringing Bark Peelers' to you by sharing videos of our volunteer presenters! We hope you will visit us for next year's BPF on July 3rd & 4th, 2021 and meet our presenters in person!
This video features Gene Supplee and Mike Berberich who demonstrate the shingle mill at the festival each year.
https://youtu.be/VnwUNfllgMI

This video is about the shingle mill at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.

Take a hike--on the Golden Eagle Trail in Lycoming County to explore lumber history! At mile 5, the rusty remains of a s...
06/29/2020

Take a hike--on the Golden Eagle Trail in Lycoming County to explore lumber history! At mile 5, the rusty remains of a stove, evidence of a logging camp, are propped against a tree. Old-growth hemlock and white pine trees are standing tall near the rusty stove. At mile 6.4, remnants of a log slide are visible. There are beautiful vistas to enjoy along this 9 mile trail. Watch your step and listen for rattle sounds! You may encounter rattlesnakes.

For all of you out there planning a camping trip and wondering how much food you need for 10 days, here is a Rations lis...
06/27/2020

For all of you out there planning a camping trip and wondering how much food you need for 10 days, here is a Rations list used by the US Forest Service. From "In Penn's Woods Bulletin 31" 1923

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5660 US Route 6 W
Ulysses, PA
16948

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Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

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.

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This was an excellent educational trip for my home schooled 4th grader. Be sure to watch the half hour info video first to understand the history of the lumber industry in the keystone state.
What a great day we had lots to see.
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