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The Grandma Gatewood StoryTRAIL MAGIC
The Grandma Gatewood Story


Friday, March 22

7:00 pm
(Doors open at 6:45)
in the Program Center 

Grandma Gatewood Placque

Emma “Grandma” Gatewood’s story speaks to the courageous spirit of Appalachian people everywhere. After 32 years of severe beatings and sexual abuse, raising eleven children, and divorcing her husband, Emma decided she needed another challenge. She had often escaped from him by running into the woods, and she came to view the wilderness asprotective and restorative. When she read about the Appalachian Trail in National Geographic she discovered that no woman had ever hiked the trail alone from one end to the other. It sounded like a challenge to her – and she decided to BE that woman.

Never mind that she was 66 years old, never mind that she had no real equipment, never mind that she had no expe- rience. Emma set off on the barely marked trail from Mount Katahdin, Maine, in sneakers with a sack over her shoulder, on her way to becoming a legend.


Grandma Gatewoods Walk Photo Courtesy of Longwood Gardens

Come follow her story in this remarkable documentary film.  Bring a snack to share, if you wish. 

Watch the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd1uqeL78bw&feature=youtu.be


And mark your calendar: Our next film will be shown on April 22nd.