Calling stone workers!

Photo of Deans Gap ruinsHave you ever worked with stone, perhaps at a PATC shelter or cabin?  Or did you build a rock wall?  PATC is looking for someone to lead a project to reconstruct a historic stone shelter in Pennsylvania.  It was built by Earl Shaffer, history‚Äôs first thru-hiker, in the 1950s at Deans Gap, near the junction between the A.T. and the Tuscarora Trail in south-central Pennsylvania.  It was dismantled and moved to the grounds of the Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove Furnace, Pennsylvania, in 2011.  The stones were numbered to assist with reconstruction.

Rebuilding the walls of the shelter is a giant jigsaw puzzle (or if you will, paint by numbers).  A volunteer crew will be recruited to help put the stones in place.  Your job is to tell them where to put the stones.

Reply:  PATC archivist Tom Johnson at, or call him at 703/615-5611.

Photo of Deans Gap Shelter in winter