On Sunday, Jan. 13, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace invite the public to witness “Adventures on the Appalachian Trail” with Appalachian Mountain Club experts Larry Priori and Phil Mulligan. The free program will begin at 2 p.m. at the White Horse Tavern, 31 Old Philadelphia Pike, Douglassville. Originally slated to be held in Hopewell Furnace’s conference room with thru hiker Neil Koch, both program speakers and location have changed due to the government shutdown.

According to the Appalachian Trail Conference, completing the entire 2,190 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) in one trip is considered to be a mammoth undertaking. Each year, thousands of hikers attempt a thru-hike; only about one in four makes it all the way. A typical thru-hiker takes five to seven months to hike the entire A.T.

Larry Priori leads hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) at French Creek State Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (NHS). Phil Mulligan is the Trails Chair at the AMC Delaware Valley Chapter. The AMC is a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the lead organization in the maintenance of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail which along with Hopewell Furnace NHS is a unit of the National Park System.

Established in 1994, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace is the official non-profit fundraising arm of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. A 501(c)3 citizen organization, its mission is to support the preservation, maintenance and programs of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. Donations to the Friends may be tax deductible according to the rules set by the Internal Revenue Service.

Morlatton Village is owned and operated by the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County. Visitors are encouraged to explore the landscape, go into the village, tour the buildings, and learn about early Swedish settlement. For more information visit www.friendsofhopewellfurn.org.


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