The Appalachian Trail: A Brief History of a Very Long Trail.


Learn about the origins and history of the Appalachian Trail from Dr. Mills Kelly, Professor of History at George Mason University.

About this Event

As the Appalachian Trail approaches its centennial year, Dr. Mills Kelly, Professor of History at George Mason University will discuss the origins and subsequent history of America’s oldest and most iconic long distance hiking trail. What began as a project to help industrial workers get more fresh air and sunshine in the 1920s has become one of the most popular national parks in the United States. Kelly will explain how the trail has grown from a small volunteer-led project to a recreational resource used by millions of people every year.

Mills Kelly is a Professor of History at George Mason University and is the host of the popular podcast The Green Tunnel, a podcast on the history of the trail. He is the author of Virginia’s Lost Appalachian Trail (2023) and is an award-winning educator and digital historian. The Green Tunnel now ranks among the top 3% of all podcasts in the United States. Recent reviews of his presentations about the Appalachian Trail describe him as a “master storyteller” and “someone who can make complex historical topics fun and easy to understand.” During his talk he will share rarely seen images, video, and other artifacts from the history of the trail.

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General Admission Free
Donation: the City Tavern Preservation Foundation Free

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