Tag Archives: Appalachian Trail

Documentary honoring AT hiker Emma Gatewood heads for production

I first heard the name of Emma Gatewood as a passing reference in a script I was given when I was doing a voice-over project for the Buckeye Trail Association. The 50th Anniversary script mentioned that one of their founders, Emma Gatewood, was the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT) at the age of 67 (today is her 126th birthday). I called the person I was working with on that project and said, “Never mind the Buckeye Trail, who’s this Grandma Gatewood person?” and that started me on the Trail To Grandma Gatewood.

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Benton MacKaye proposes the Appalachian Trail

“Extensive national playgrounds have been reserved in various parts of the country for use by the people for camping and various kindred purposes. Most of these are in the West where Uncle Sam’s public lands were located. They are in the Yosemite, the Yellowstone, and many other National Parks – covering about six million acres […]

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Emma Gatewood, 67, walks Appalachian Trail solo

Perry and Emma Gatewood’s oldest daughter Helen was already 20 years old in 1928, and the other children weren’t far behind. So Emma Gatewood became “Grandma Gatewood” to her immediate family long before the rest of the world knew her by that title. Throughout the 30s, 40s and 50s she continued raising her 11 children […]

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How Thomas Jefferson’s rave review put Harper’s Ferry on the map

Please welcome guest author Bob O’Connor, whose article ‘How Thomas Jefferson’s Rave Review put Harper’s Ferry on the Map’ ran in the just published premiere issue of Panhandle magazine. “West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle — home to an amazing mix of natural beauty, history and growth — deserves a top-notch publication,” says publisher Christine Miller Ford. […]

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Most people in all their lives never sleep under an open sky

Until Earl Shaffer actually did it, experts believed that a hike of the entire Appalachian Trail in one continuous trip was impossible. On July 10, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened “Earl Shaffer and the Appalachian Trail,” an exhibition that focuses on the fulfillment of Shaffer’s childhood goal of hiking the Trail. Featured […]

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