Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Visitor Center includes all new exhibit gallery. Walk into a re-created lumber camp and discover the life of 19th-century loggers. See our Shay locomotive.
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

Become a member of the museum! Your membership dollars stay on site and the benefit the mission of the museum and the surrounding community. In addition to free admission to the musuem and all special events, members receive a 10% discount in the museum gift shop, invitations to members-only events, and the quarterly "Woodchips" newsletter. Access the membership application here- http://lumbermuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/palma-application.pdf

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.

Young fan of Smokey Bear.
06/07/2019

Young fan of Smokey Bear.

As the school year for most of the local schools draws to a close, we would like to wish ALL students a safe and happy s...
06/06/2019

As the school year for most of the local schools draws to a close, we would like to wish ALL students a safe and happy summer!

This Spring, 531 students from public schools and homeschool groups visited the museum! We put a lot of energy into each school tour. School tours with more than 25 students are divided into smaller groups so each child can get the most out of their visit to the museum. The groups of students rotate through stations meeting staff and volunteers along the way. Foresters hike the Sustainable Forestry Trail. Anna Wales, our Education & Outreach Coordinator, asks a lot of open-ended questions in the Shay Locomotive and Lumber Camp. Josh Fox, our Curator, highlights the history of conservation in Pennsylvania in the Challenges and Choices Exhibit. Bob Miller, our President, gives Smokey Bear swag to each student and explains the importance of fire prevention. Josh Roth, our Site Administrator, recently ordered a Pennsylvania Lumber Museum logo brand to complement Volunteer, Mike Berberich’s shingle mill demonstrations, so when the weather permits each student can leave with something special.


At the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum we want each student to leave with more than just having had a fun time. We know that critical thinking and historical empathy are two of the many benefits of engaging in a school tour. Being observant and paying attention to detail is an important and highly useful skill that students learn when they thoughtfully consider a tool they’ve never seen before. Historical empathy is the ability to understand and appreciate what life was like for people who lived in a different time and place. A walk through the recreated Lumber Camp offers an immersive experience that provides a clearer perspective on the differences between life in the early 20th century and life now. One of the best parts of school tours is when a little girl or boy comes up and tells us how they think it would be awesome to work here. Whether or not they pursue a career in museums or forestry, we hope that time spent at the museum will enrich these students so that they can be empathetic, critical thinkers who apply their very best to whatever career path they choose!

06/04/2019
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Ew!

"From now through late June, this is what #SpottedLanternfly nymphs look like. They're tiny now, but can have a big, bad impact later. If you see them, squash them.

And, if you’re outside the quarantine zone (find out here: https://bit.ly/2Fwqbaa) REPORT them!"

From now through late June, this is what #SpottedLanternfly nymphs look like. They're tiny now, but can have a big, bad impact later. If you see them, squash them.

And, if you’re outside the quarantine zone (find out here: https://bit.ly/2Fwqbaa) REPORT them!

06/04/2019
Learn more about the Pennsylvania state bird on June 15 at 1 PM.
06/03/2019

Learn more about the Pennsylvania state bird on June 15 at 1 PM.

Lumber Heritage Region is the largest of Pennsylvania's heritage areas.
05/30/2019

Lumber Heritage Region is the largest of Pennsylvania's heritage areas.

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of Heritage PA. Get out and learn something new!

https://heritagepa.com/

Curator's CornerMany men who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps went on to serve their country in WWII. On Memori...
05/25/2019
Medal of Honor: Alfred L. Wilson

Curator's Corner

Many men who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps went on to serve their country in WWII. On Memorial Day we remember those who did not return.
Alfred Wilson was one such CCC alumni. From Fairchance, PA he was stationed at CCC Camp Kooser in Somerset County. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1944 for his actions in France. You can read more about him on the PA Military Museum's website:
https://www.pamilmuseum.org/news/2017/2/21/medal-of-honor-alfred-l-wilson

Our "Medal of Honor" series explores the stories behind the courageous Pennsylvania veterans who have been awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for their exemplary service in the United States military. In this entry, we recognize the achievements of Alfred L. Wilson, who received the Me

The vendors are all set up for the Community Yard Sale. Come on by and check it out.
05/25/2019

The vendors are all set up for the Community Yard Sale. Come on by and check it out.

The Black Forest Sportsman's Club offers youth 10 to 16 years of age an opportunity to try their hand at fly casting, ar...
05/23/2019

The Black Forest Sportsman's Club offers youth 10 to 16 years of age an opportunity to try their hand at fly casting, archery, wildlife, and tree identification. Admission is free, but all participants including an accompanying adult must pre-register prior to the event on June 8. Find the form on our website: http://lumbermuseum.org/events/youth-family-field-day/

Wood you believe the Yard Sale vendors are setting up early on Saturday? 😉 The Community Yard Sale is taking place by...
05/23/2019

Wood you believe the Yard Sale vendors are setting up early on Saturday? 😉 The Community Yard Sale is taking place by the Route 6 sign. Vendors are setting up for the early birds. We will open the Museum at 9 AM, as usual. Stop up and say Hello if you're out shopping!🚂

Yard Sales can benefit you in many ways: they help you clear out the clutter from your homes, make some money, and become more sustainable by helping the environment. You reduce pressure on mining for raw materials, landfills, and energy needed for transportation, processing and dumping the garbage. If you're interested in selling call us today to reserve a space (814)435-2652.

Curator's CornerSmokey Bear came to visit us today. We have a several of his posters on display in the main exhibit as w...
05/18/2019

Curator's Corner

Smokey Bear came to visit us today. We have a several of his posters on display in the main exhibit as well as some more in storage. In order to help preserve the posters the ones on display are rotated with ones in storage twice a year. This way no one poster is on display for too long without a rest.

Yard Sales can benefit you in many ways: they help you clear out the clutter from your homes, make some money, and becom...
05/17/2019

Yard Sales can benefit you in many ways: they help you clear out the clutter from your homes, make some money, and become more sustainable by helping the environment. You reduce pressure on mining for raw materials, landfills, and energy needed for transportation, processing and dumping the garbage.

Yard Sales can benefit you in many ways: they help you clear out the clutter from your homes, make some money, and become more sustainable by helping the environment. You reduce pressure on mining for raw materials, landfills, and energy needed for transportation, processing and dumping the garbage.

Meet Smokey Bear at 1 PM on Saturday, May 18 at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum!
05/17/2019

Meet Smokey Bear at 1 PM on Saturday, May 18 at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum!

Thanks to the generous donations coming in, we are able to offer seventeen scholarships to Cork Camp. That means we can ...
05/17/2019

Thanks to the generous donations coming in, we are able to offer seventeen scholarships to Cork Camp. That means we can give seventeen kids ages 10 to 18 the chance to put down their phones for two days and have hands-on fun with history instead. How cool is that?!

Find more information about Cork Camp at lumbermuseum.org.

Thanks to the generous donations coming in, we are able to offer seventeen scholarships to Cork Camp. That means we can ...
05/13/2019

Thanks to the generous donations coming in, we are able to offer seventeen scholarships to Cork Camp. That means we can give seventeen kids ages 10 to 18 the chance to put down their phones for two days and have hands-on fun with history instead. How cool is that?!

Find more information about Cork Camp at lumbermuseum.org.

History is a continuum... each of us adding to it in our own way. The museum is honored to host Bob & Dottie Webber's ca...
05/13/2019

History is a continuum... each of us adding to it in our own way. The museum is honored to host Bob & Dottie Webber's cabin, and incorporate their story and experiences into the long history of Pennsylvania's forests.

This week, I had a chance to visit Bob and Dotty Webber’s cabin exhibit at the PA Lumber Museum near Galeton.

Bob loved to tell the story about Dotty’s mom who was a child in Slate Run, Lycoming County, about 1890. She lived somewhere along the Slate Run RR grade that is now the Francis Road, in the Tiadaghton State Forest. The homestead may have been at the bottom of Big Dam hollow or close proximity. Anyway, in the winter time, the walk to the Slate Run schoolhouse could be brutal for young kids. It was over two miles, one way! Sometimes though, if the Shay locomotive was passing by on its way to the lumber mill in the village, the engineer would stop the massive train and reach down for the kids with his big sooty hand and lift the children up to stand in front of the glowing hot fire box. As he did he’d say “climb on board, you sons of bitches”!
Oh Bob would laugh and laugh as he told that story....

The museum not only houses the very table in the Webber cabin (where I first heard that story), but also a genuine and complete Shay locomotive. I photographed the Shay, the firebox, and Bob’s little table....

Our local forests are not only rich in natural resources, but in cultural heritage as well....
Get out and enjoy it!

The CCC remains the most popular Federal program ever created. Help to translate that popularity into preservation.
05/09/2019

The CCC remains the most popular Federal program ever created. Help to translate that popularity into preservation.

Promised Land State Park is one of 15 Pennsylvania state parks with Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) era (1933-1942) cabins in need of maintenance. Restore Pennsylvania could help preserve these historic treasures and other recreation opportunities across the state.

Contact your legislators to support → http://bit.ly/2FcGgDR

Yard Sales can benefit you in many ways: they help you clear out the clutter from your homes, make some money, and becom...
05/09/2019

Yard Sales can benefit you in many ways: they help you clear out the clutter from your homes, make some money, and become more sustainable by helping the environment. You reduce pressure on mining for raw materials, landfills, and energy needed for transportation, processing and dumping the garbage.

What’s in your garden? 🌲🌳🍃
05/04/2019
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

What’s in your garden? 🌲🌳🍃

Some tree species won’t be able to thrive here in Pennsylvania as the climate continues to change faster than the plants can adapt. 🌲🌳

Learn more about new thinking when examining what trees to plant to ensure that our forests remain healthy, viable, and productive. ⤵ #ClimateChangePA #ForestFriday

We are hammering out the details for our annual Cork Camp. 😉👀Check out the awesome scholarship opportunities from ...
05/03/2019

We are hammering out the details for our annual Cork Camp. 😉

👀Check out the awesome scholarship opportunities from Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania, Inc., Peter Wyatt, Roger & Nancy Hetrick, Steve and Suzi Perrine. Campers ages 10-18 write a 200-250 word essay on why they want to attend Cork Camp. Essays are due by June 30, 2019 to be considered for a full scholarship to the Lumber Museum's Cork Camp. Send in your essay today!

Visit Coudersport, PA, this weekend to get a taste of this Pennsylvania forest product!
05/03/2019

Visit Coudersport, PA, this weekend to get a taste of this Pennsylvania forest product!

Today & tomorrow, Coudersport, PA! We have all the maple goodness you could ever want! Come grab some new products and your old favorites! 🍁

We're starting to get some signs of spring at the museum!
05/03/2019

We're starting to get some signs of spring at the museum!

Spring has finally sprung in the State Forest surrounding the museum as well...
05/03/2019

Spring has finally sprung in the State Forest surrounding the museum as well...

When European settlers arrived in North America, they stepped into a world that was vaguely familiar, yet marked by many peculiarities. The carpet of trilliums that brightened the forest floor each spring was a curiosity, for this flower does not grow in Europe. Trilliums are native to East Asia and North America, reaching their highest diversity in the United States, particularly in the Southeast. Penn’s Woods is home to seven of America’s 39 species. Trilliums are among the most highly anticipated of the spring wildflowers, and fortunately we don’t have long to wait after a bleak winter.

The diminutive snow trillium (Trillium nivale; proposed PA Threatened) is one of the first flowers of the commonwealth to bloom, pushing through lingering snow by late March in southwestern PA. It prefers steep stream valley slopes on thin limestone soils where leaf litter is too shallow to smother its miniature leaves. Our smallest but toughest trillium, freezing temperatures won’t wilt its dainty white flowers or frosty blue-green bracts.
[“Bracts? You mean leaves?” Technically, trilliums lack true leaves, flowering directly from an underground stem or rhizome and photosynthesizing instead with expanded floral bracts.]

Perhaps our most charismatic and gregarious wildflower, large-flowered trillium (T. grandiflorum) is admired for its exquisite pure white petals, often dusted with brilliant gold pollen. As spring wanes, its flowers (a culmination of seven to ten years’ growth) fade to a delicate pink. Large-flowered trillium forms extensive colonies that slowly spread across rich woodlands, predominately in western PA. Like most trilliums, ants are its primary seed dispersers, enticed by nutritious globules of fat and protein called elaiosomes.

Arguably the most versatile of the group, red trillium (T. erectum) grows in various forest types on rich, moist soils throughout Pennsylvania. Despite its name, white and yellow-green color morphs are occasionally encountered. Rather than appeal to early spring bees, it attracts flies with a faint fetid odor and maroon ‘flesh-colored’ petals, attesting to another common name, “stinking-Benjamin”.

Nodding trillium (T. cernuum; proposed PA Threatened) is much too bashful to keep its head above its bracts, often going unnoticed. This species is associated with acidic wetlands and is usually found near forest seeps in the southeast quadrant of PA. Declined trillium (T. flexipes; proposed PA Threatened) is similar to nodding, except it generally keeps its chin a little higher above its bracts, though not always. To further frustrate botanists, it sometimes hybridizes with red trillium. Declined trillium prefers rich and often rocky wooded slopes chiefly in western PA.

In cool, shady, and acidic forests of northern PA and higher elevations along the Allegheny Front, the unmistakable and stunning painted trillium (T. undulatum) enlivens the forest floor each spring with a scattering of white and magenta. Like snow trillium, its bracts are stalked, distinct even when not in flower, and often infused with a velvety maroon.

Our only sessile trillium (i.e., flower is unstalked and attached directly to bracts) is toadshade (T. sessile). Like red trillium, toadshade’s foul scent attracts flies and beetles rather than bees. Its floppy bracts range from light green to mottled. Toadshade is infrequently encountered in moist woods in western and south-central PA.

Trilliums are a reminder to stop and reflect with gratitude on the beautiful but fleeting moments of our lives. As much as you may want to take one home, please leave it be. A picked trillium is a dead trillium. Luckily, many of our species are available for purchase at online nurseries.

Curator's Collection CornerSay Friend, Cough got you down? Can't swing an ax on account of Consumption?  Then Dr. Shoop'...
04/27/2019

Curator's Collection Corner

Say Friend, Cough got you down? Can't swing an ax on account of Consumption? Then Dr. Shoop's Cough Cure is for you!

Patent medicine such as this was popular around the turn of the 20th century and may have been used by wood hicks in isolated lumber camp. Many such patent medicines where often high in alcohol or even contained cocaine or other opiates. After the passage of the Food and Drug Act of 1906 made it illegal to manufacture and sell drugs labeled with false claims Dr. Shoop had to change the name from "Cough Cure" to "Cough Remedy" .

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Curator's Collections Corner:This recent addition to the museum's collection is a door from a truck (it is unknown what ...
04/20/2019

Curator's Collections Corner:

This recent addition to the museum's collection is a door from a truck (it is unknown what kind of truck), which belonged to the Gray Chemical Company in Roulette, PA. This company produced its chemicals from wood, including wood alcohol, acetic acid, as well as charcoal. When the Gray Chemical Company closed in 1949 it was the last wood chemical company in Potter County.

Gray Chemical Truck Door: LM2018.21.1

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
04/18/2019

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Bats provide an ecological service by consuming thousands of agricultural pests such as moths, beetles, ants, and mosquitoes in a single night! 🦇

So let’s be a friend to bats on #BatAppreciationDay and all year long! Learn more ➡ http://bit.ly/2ESg2Vh #PAWildlife #WildlifeWednesday

ATTENTION GUESTS: The museum will be closed on Sunday April 21 for the Easter holiday. The site will re-open on Wednesda...
04/16/2019

ATTENTION GUESTS: The museum will be closed on Sunday April 21 for the Easter holiday. The site will re-open on Wednesday April 24 at 9 Am. Thank you for your support of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum!

04/15/2019
Delicious treats to be had in the lumber camp kitchen during the Spring Show. Thanks John and Jan!
04/15/2019

Delicious treats to be had in the lumber camp kitchen during the Spring Show. Thanks John and Jan!

Getting the laundry clean at the Spring Antique Show- Saturday April 13th, 2019.
04/15/2019

Getting the laundry clean at the Spring Antique Show- Saturday April 13th, 2019.

04/13/2019

A clip of our steam sawmill up and running today. The sawmill will be operating today for our Spring Antique Show.

The vendors are all set up. Come join us today and tomorrow for the Spring Antique Show.
04/13/2019

The vendors are all set up. Come join us today and tomorrow for the Spring Antique Show.

Happy birthday Joe!
04/09/2019

Happy birthday Joe!

Happy Birthday, Joseph T. Rothrock! 🎊 Born April 9, 1839 in Mifflin County, this "Father of Forestry" was a pioneer in the development of forest fire control & scientific forestry. #OnThisDay #OTD #conservation

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5660 US Route 6 W
Ulysses, PA
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