GATEWOOD: OHIO'S LEGENDARY HIKER
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.
TELLING THE STORY
November, 2011 premiere of the storytelling program -- GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO'S LEGENDARY HIKER.
August, 2013 premiere of a one-act play -- Emma Gatewood: Are You Out Of Your Bloomin' Mind?! (An Appalachian Tale) (originally titled "Trail Magic").
May 29, 2015 premier of the documentary -- TRAIL MAGIC: THE GRANDMA GATEWOOD STORY.
THE TRAIL OF TRAIL MAGIC
June, 2016: film premieres on PBS stationWOUB, Athens, Ohio.
In April 27, 2017: nominated for an Emmy Award
October 5, 2019: awarded "Best Local Documentary" at the Chagrin Falls Film Festival.
July 9, 2020: awarded Second Place for a Short Documentary at the International Indie Gathering. September 4, 2020 director, Peter Huston, was nominated as Best Director for an Ohio Film and editor, Peggy Foley was nominated for Best Editing of an Ohio Film!
October 1, 2020: TRAIL
MAGIC received a designation of Excellence in the Documentary Category
and Anne McEvoy (our Grandma Gatewood) received the Excellence designation
in the Lead Actress Category of the WRPN
Women's International Film Festival.
December 10, 2021: The Lake Erie Film Festival nominated TRAIL MAGIC for the "Best of its Genre" award.
FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN SEE A GRANDMA GATEWOOD PROGRAM!
To find out where and when you can catch any of our Grandma Gatewood presentations, be sure to check our calendar page regularly.
We're looking for a few good women!
Purchase the DVD of the documentary, TRAIL MAGIC: THE GRANDMA GATEWOOD STORY or the DVD of the storytelling program, GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO'S LEGENDARY HIKER.
Purchase our 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)
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.
We are grateful to ALL of our donors, sponsors and staff who helped us create this tribute to Grandma Gatewood.
no such thing a "small donation"! We appreciate your help.
Additional information about the project:
Trail Magic, 2013 program information and pictures.
See pictures about Emma and her life:
Here an interview with Grandma Gatewood after she completed her second thru-hike of the AT.
Related Information (articles, interviews, excerpts of the story and other interesting information)
of Support for our documentary project and Grandma
Gatewood's Bakery and Belinda Bear's Mailbag.