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Grandma Emma Gatewood was the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67 after raising 11 children and surviving domestic abuse! Before she died in 1973 she had hiked the AT several times, completed hikes in Oregon, Vermont and Pennsylvania. She was a charter member of the Buckeye Trail Association. Eden Valley and FilmAffects have teamed up to tell her story.

Emma is the subject of our newest project. In November, 2011 we premiered a storytelling program about this amazing woman. We then premiered a one-act play Emma Gatewood: Are You Out Of Your Bloomin' Mind?! (An Appalachian Tale) (originally titled "Trail Magic", about her at TrueNorth in August, 2013). The final phase of the project was the creation of a PBS Documentary, TRAIL MAGIC: THE GRANDMA GATEWOOD STORY withfilmaker Peter Huston of FilmAffects which premiered at TrueNorth in May, 2015. You can watch the documentary tailer produced by FilmAffects.

We have a special Facebook page for our documentary where you can get up-to-date information about the film including information about where the film is playing. Like It and stay in the loop!

To find out where and when you can catch the Grandma Gatewood story, be sure to check our calendar page regularly for presentations of the storytelling program, the play or the documentary.

If you would like us to bring our Grandma Gatewood storytelling program, play or documentary to YOUR group, let us know! We are currently booking programs in 2016.

If you have any stories or memories of your own about Emma Gatewood that you would like to share or if you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact us.

Help us introduce Emma to the rest of the world! Please join us on our Trail with a tax deductible donation.

Additional information about the project:

Donor List/Supporter Information and Trail Magic Staff

See Video Clips from interviews with Emma's Family and keep up with our progress on our blog and LIKE our "Trail Magic" Facebook page.

"With An Old Woman's Grace" a song about Emma by Mike Petee.

Trail Magic, 2013 program information and pictures.

See pictures about Emma and her life:

Related Information (articles, interviews, excerpts of the story and other interesting information)

Comments about our storytelling program.

Letters of Support for our documentary project.

Purchase our E-book about Emma by Bette Lou Higgins and Kelly Boyer Sagert. Emma's daughter Lucy Seeds told us, "Bette Lou and Kelly: You did an excellent job on Mama's Bio. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I found no fault. Thank you. Lucy" (read an excerpt)

Purchase our DVD produced by FilmAffects of the storytelling program about Emma along with a copy of our documentary trailer and the Kickstarter Video -- $11.99. Pay with PayPal using the button below or download an order form to pay with a check.

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