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WMRA Books & Brews: Ben Montgomery
Pale Fire Brewing Co.
Harrisonburg, VA
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WMRA Books & Brews: Ben Montgomery
On March 14th, 2017, the second Tuesday of the month, we welcome author Ben Montgomery to Pale Fire Brewing Company for the next Books & Brews, a series of book talks in collaboration with WMRA Public Radio.

Ben Montgomery will be discussing, "Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail." The book will be available for purchase, courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

And as always, when you present your WMRA MemberCard, you'll receive a certificate for a complimentary beer.


Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. By September 1955 she stood atop Maines Mount Katahdin, sang America, the Beautiful, and proclaimed, I said Ill do it, and Ive done it.

Driven by a painful marriage, Grandma Gatewood not only hiked the trail alone, she was the first personman or womanto walk it twice and three times. At age seventy-one, she hiked the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity, and appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter. The public attention she brought to the trail was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.

Author Ben Montgomery interviewed surviving family members and hikers Gatewood met along the trail, unearthed historic newspaper and magazine articles, and was given full access to Gatewoods own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. Grandma Gatewoods Walk shines a fresh light on one of Americas most celebrated hikers.



Pale Fire Brewing Co. (View)
217 S. Liberty St. Ste 105
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
United States

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Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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