Tag Archives: Emma Gatewood

Puffin Foundation West Grant!

9 Oct

Puffin West_2sm

We are happy to announce that the Puffin Foundation West has awarded us a grant in support of our documentary about Grandma Gatewood! This gift will go towards the matching requirements from our Ohio History Fund grant and puts us at about the half way point of our goal of $10,000.

We have been working on filming the documentary over the past year and if you haven’t visited our Trail Magic Facebook page recently, please do. Director, Peter Huston has been posting updated from the shoots which I think you’ll enjoy seeing.

In other news, I hope you’ll plan to join us in Akron for TRAIL MAGIC at Wandering Aesthetics on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22,2014 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. There’ll be three performances of this one-act play about Grandma along with a Trail Angels Reception Fundraiser on Sunday. Check our calendar page regularly for up-to-the-minute information.

Bette Lou Higgins
Artistic Director


Feisty Females- Emma Gatewood

16 Sep

Sharon Hall, a friend of our “Trail Magic” script writer Kelly Boyer Sagert let us know about this great blog site that features her story about Emma Gatewood.

Check out Sharon’s article about Emma Gatewood at http://historydepot.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/feisty-females-grandma-gatewood-part-i Enjoy!

Ohio Women Then and Now Fundraiser for “Trail Magic” documentary

22 Feb

Last chance to buy tickets for our fundraising series OHIO WOMEN THEN AND NOW at a discount! Advance tickets are available for all four shows at $19 @ until FEBRUARY 28. After that, the price goes up to $22 @ in advance or at the door! Don’t miss out — all four programs promise to introduce you to some fascinating women.

Get complete details at http://tinyurl.com/ohiowomenthenandnow

Ticket cost is a tax-deductible donation in support of our Grandma Gatewood documentary project. If you’re unable to join us for any of these events, please consider supporting our project with a donation —


Trail Magic Live #2 Emma, the “grandmother” of the Ultralight Movement

10 Feb

Emma Gatewood was probably the inventor or at least one of the earliest adopters of “Ultralight” back backing. Her life skills and years of commonsense applications, we would say now “adaptive technology” made her hikes possible with a minimum of gear.

She thoughtfully preplanned the equipment, food and minimum support materials for each of her hikes. Here is a clip that talks about what she brought. 

Grandma Gatewood is on Twitter

31 Jan

To help promote our project we have set up @grandmagatewood for twitter friends.ImageEmma was a communicator, letter writer and journal keeper. I think tweeting would have been like writing a postcard in Emma’s day. If you have a twitter account I hope you will help us and follow @grandmagatewood and we’ll follow you back! 

Trail Magic “Live” #1 Don’t Believe Everything You Read…

30 Jan

This is the first of four short segments that feature Anne McEvoy as Grandma Gatewood. This was recorded at a rehearsal for the play of the same name that was staged last summer at TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center. The play was written as a first person narrative that presents Emma Gatewood’s persona and wit. The play was written by Kelly Boyer Sagert and helps provide scripting for the “Trail Magic” documentary now in production.

Eden Valley Enterprises will be co-hosting with “Women Making Moves” several live “Ohio Women, Then and Now” for Women’s history month presentations as a fundraiser for the documentary.

For more information go to http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/progdesc/gatewood/2014events/march/owtnseries.htm

Christmas Memories of Mama

19 Dec
Living on a large farm in snow country in Gallia County, Ohio, it was always a white Christmas.  On the last day of school before the holiday vacation the teachers gave each student a pound bag of hard Xmas candy and sometimes an apple or orange.  When we got home our older brother would have the horse hooked up to a large sled and we’d get to ride over the hills to the site of a good scotch pine (Christmas) tree.  The tree was placed in the parlor by the fireplace (the parlor was used only in the winter and the fireplace was the only source of heat in the room.  In the main living room was a pot bellied heatrola; the kitchen woodburning stove heated the dining room and there was one upstairs bedroom above the parlor with a fireplace.)  Mama or one of the older girls would pop bowls of popcorn which we young ones would string for rope around the tree.  Other ornaments were made for the tree also.  All of us picked up tin foil on the road from cigarette and chewing gum packages and stars and balls were made from it.  Sycamore tree balls were sprayed silver and hung on the tree.  There were very few manufactured decorations and they were given us.  I guess we were a ‘do it yourself family’. 
We young ones hung one of our long stockings from the fire place mantel and Santa filled them with nuts,(sent from California by Mama’s Mother), a few pieces of Xmas candy, a small wrapped toy or handkerchief, an orange, a banana and always a candy cane sticking out of the top.  These were treats because we got them just once a year.  On Christmas morning we had to sit on the stairs outside the parlor until Mama and Papa had built the fire in the fireplace.  The tree was always decorated after we went to bed.  There would be one or two wrapped gifts under the tree for each family member usually something practical, useful and needed. 
….BUT Christmas season at our house was an exciting and fun time.  We went to Grandpa and Grandma Gatewoods for dinner and ‘grab bag’.  Each of us with our cousins got to reach into the large Santa’s sack and pick one gift.  I was ten years old when we moved from the farm and all traditions changed to fit the new environment.  But memories linger and good times past or present are worth keeping. 
Written this 18th day of December, 2013, by Lucy Eleanor Gatewood Seeds (LEGS)  

“I am the Appalachian Trail”

16 Sep


“I am the Applachain Trail”
Video Contest
Grandma Gatewood entry!


We have entered the “I Am The Appalachian Trail” video contest on Facebook with a trailer for our upcoming PBS Documentary about Legendary Hiker Emma Gatewood. You can help us win by voting between September 16 and November 8, 2013. Just visit Facebook’s I Am The Appalachian Trail page and find the video with my name on it and Vote! Help us make a movie!


Bette Lou Higgins
Artistic Director
Eden Valley Enterprises

P.S.: Be sure to pass this along and ask your friends to vote and to like us on Facebook! grandma with garden hat

Gallia Hometown Herald

7 Mar

Yesterday (March 6th) our documentary project about Emma got this wonderful headline: Puffin Foundation and Ohio History Fund awards grants for Emma Gatewood documentary!  Here’s what they had to say:

Photo courtesy of Eden Valley Enterprises

Andy Verhoff, Local History Coordinator for the Ohio Historical Society, congratulates EVE’s artistic Director, Bette Lou Higgins, on the grant award.

Here is what they had to say:

By Christine Myers CozzaGALLIPOLIS –
Eden Valley Enterprises announced recently that the Puffin Foundation and Ohio History Fund each awarded the organization a grant in support of their large-scale project, Grandma Gatewood: An Appalachian Tale.
In 2009, Bette Lou Higgins and Kelly Boyer Sagert of Eden Valley began researching Emma Caldwell Gatewood’s life when they learned that she had hiked the Appalachian Trail.
Gatewood was born in Mercerville, Ohio in 1887 and in 1955 she became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone – at the age of 67. It took Gatewood 145 days to hike the nearly two thousand miles. In 1957, she thru-hiked the trail again. And at the age of 76, Gatewood hiked the trail for a third time, though she completed it in sections.
Achieving national distinction, Gatewood appeared on such shows as “The Art Linkletter Show,” Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life,” and “The Today Show.” Additionally, she was the subject of many newspaper and magazine articles.
Higgins and Sagert have written a storytelling program and companion e-book titled Grandma Gatewood: Ohio’s Legendary Hiker. A first-person character program and a PBS documentary of Gatewood’s life would complete An Appalachian Tale, funding being the requisite need.
The New Jersey based Puffin Foundation Ltd. provides grants to artists and art organizations and partners with institutions on special projects.
The Ohio History Fund is a matching grant program administered by the Ohio Historical Society (OHS) and is dedicated solely to history projects. It is funded by donations of Ohio income tax refunds and designated gifts to the OHS. The History Fund’s award of $15,000 must be matched by Eden Valley.
The Gallia County Charitable Foundation also granted funds toward completion of the Gatewood documentary.
Interested donors, sponsors, and readers may visit Eden Valley’s website at edenvalleyenterprises.org for additional information and upcoming events.

“Trail Magic” short background video from Peter Huston

28 Jan

This short video will help’s explain our projects goals and why we are so amazed by Emma Gatewood’s story