Standing in for the Fall Member Meeting: Two Events on October 7th

We won’t be gathering for a Fall Meeting in 2018. Instead, we would like to encourage you to attend one of these two events on Sunday, October 7th. Mark your calendars and look for more details in the coming weeks.

11th Annual West Virginia Chestnut Festival

Sunday, October 7, 2018 (Rain or Shine)
10:30 am to 7:30 pm
Rowelsburg, WV


10:30 to Noon — Full Breakfast @ River City Café
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Activities @ Scenic Rowlesburg Park; Sample roasted chestnuts; browse crafts made from wormy chestnut –Enjoy Ox Roast sandwiches; purchase Chestnut saplings: and meet Chestnut researchers
10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Activities @ Szilagyi Creative Arts Center (Free and Open to the Public); Attractions include the acclaimed WW II Museum; Historic Centenary B & O Railroad Bridges Exhibit; Emporium; Sports Museum.
Noon to 2:00 p.m.Meeting of the W.V. Chapter of TACF @ Szilagyi Creative Arts Center
4:00 p.m. to   5:00 p.m.Chestnut Scientific Program @ Szilagyi Creative Arts Center Hosted by WVU research associate, Mark Double, with Dr. Joseph Nassif.
Featured speakers:

Dr. Jeffrey Skousen is a Professor of Soil Science in the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences (Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design); who also serves as the Extension Land Reclamation Specialist in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit of the West Virginia University Extension Service.

Amy Metheny is a graduate student at West Virginia University in the Division of Division of Plant and Soil Science.

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Gala Chestnut Dinner Banquet @ Szilagyi Creative Arts Center
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Wm. MacDonald, Board of Directors, The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF)

To reserve banquet dinner tickets: Email Shirley at or call her at (304) 698-5305.


2018 Walk in Penn’s Woods

Sunday, October 7, 2018 (Rain or Shine)
Times and Locations Vary


This will be the second year for this statewide event sponsored by Penn State University. Penn State’s goal this year is to grow it from 60 walks in 46 counties to 100 walks, with at least one walk in every county, attracting thousands of participants from across the state.

As the Pennsylvania/New Jersey Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, we are happy to be part of this event. We have invited long-time member Mike Manes to lead a walk that would highlight the American chestnut. He is will be submitting his walk when he returns from summer travels. Tentatively he is planning to take this event across the Delaware River to New Jersey with a hike that will lead folks past a beautiful specimen of a pure American chestnut growing in isolation near the Merrill Creek Reservoir. We will send out an update as soon as the details are confirmed.

Follow this link to check out all the hikes being offered right now and check back often for updates. We commend Penn State for coordinating this effort to get folks out in nature.