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We can't bring Emma's story to life without YOUR help! Please join us on our Trail with a tax deductible donation.

In 1955, when she was 67 years old (and had already raised 11 children), Emma Gatewood became the first woman to ever thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail solo! 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 which has The Grandma Gatewood Trail named after her.

Emma is the subject of our newest project. In November, 2011 we premiered a storytelling program about this amazing woman and now we continue working with filmaker Peter Huston to complete the project by creating a PBS documentary about her. We are in the process of raising funds to do a video and a first-person character program about this remarkable Ohioan. Watch our documentary tailer produced by FilmAffects. We now have a special Facebook page for our documentary where you can get up-to-date information about the film. Like It and stay in the loop!

Join us for the premier of TRAIL MAGIC -- the documentary about this historic hiker on Friday, May 29, 2015 with a special presentation of our storytelling program Thursday, MAY 28.

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.

To find out where and when our Grandma Gatewood storytelling program is playing, be sure to check our calendar page regularly. If you would like to book a presentation of the storytelling program or the one-act play about Emma, "Trail Magic" let us know -- we'd love to do the program for you!

We will be posting more information about this exciting new project as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any stories or memories of your own about Emma Gatewood that you would like to share as we research her life or if you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact us.

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