The History of the PATC

In the South District of Shenandoah National Park
Avery on Hawksbill

From 8 to over 7,000 members

Maintaining 1,000 miles of trails!

Six people met and organized the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club in 1927 in Washington, D.C. These founders included Myron Avery, without whom the Appalachian Trail and, arguably, the Appalachian Trail Conference would not exist as they do today. J. Frank Schairer, another founder, quickly gave up his role as Treasurer and took on the task of Supervisor of Trails. This at a time when those trails did not exist.

Each of these, and the 7,000 men and women who are today the PATC, followed the vision of a very crusty New Englander, Benton MacKaye.

  • J. Frank Schairer & PATCers ready for anything!
    J. Frank Schairer & PATCers ready for anything!
  • PATCers at Skyland for ATC Meeting c1930
    PATCers at Skyland for ATC Meeting c1930
  • Ruth Blackburn at Sexton Cabin
    Ruth Blackburn at Sexton Cabin
  • Myron Points the Way
    Myron Points the Way
  • PATC Maps Committee c1930s
    PATC Maps Committee c1930s
  • Myron Avery on Hawksbill
    Myron Avery on Hawksbill
  • PATCers at the Applesauce Cabin
    PATCers at the Applesauce Cabin
  • Myron Avery reviewing directions with Bill Mersh in Maryland
    Myron Avery reviewing directions with Bill Mersh in Maryland
  • The Famed Red Truck & PATCers
    The Famed Red Truck & PATCers
  • Anna Michener & Friend Crossing a Stream
    Anna Michener & Friend Crossing a Stream