The Appalachian Wagon Train will make it’s 50th annual trek, this year traveling nearly 90 miles on the roads of Westmoreland and Fayette Counties in Pennsylvania. The Wagon Train consists of horse or mule drawn steel wheeled wagons, and hearkens back to the days when pioneers traveled west through Western Pennsylvania in the 17-1800’s. Observers of the train can expect to see horse or mule drawn covered wagons and outriders on horseback, and participants clad in period appropriate garb.
It is expected that up to 25 wagons and upwards of 150 participants will be present for this year’s special anniversary trek.
The first trek took place in 1970 to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of Somerset County, PA, and has taken place every year. The Appalachian Wagon Train typically travels in Western Pennsylvania, starting on Father’s Day in June.
Local residents are welcome to watch the train pass by at any point along the route (route information can be found on the organization’s website). Visitors are also welcome at the campsites, and can observe the wagons and horses there, as well as special activities some evenings during the trek. Souvenirs will also be available for purchase at the campsites. The evening of June 16 will also include a mail celebration at the opening ceremonies, where mail can be delivered to anyone present at the campsite via General Delivery, 584 McGinnis Rd, Acme, PA, 15610.
Visiting the wagon train is not only a family friendly event, but the trek is a very important family affair for many of the participants as well. Many families in the organization can count numerous generations of members, and many of the participant families will include three generations of family members on the trek.
The group will be camped at the Chart Howard farm at 584 McGinnis Road, Acme, PA From June 16-18, and will then travel to the Stouffer Brothers farm at 196 Grandview Rd, Acme PA. The organization is grateful for the hospitality of these camp hosts, and the local communities.
The wagon train kindly asks that you are patient as they enjoy your beautiful roads.