MY SIDE Green Ash stumpOF THE MOUNTAIN class moves forward

 A major step forward in developing our My Side of the Mountain class took place this week. The VERY tall green ash tree in the back yard was taken down before it fell on the house. Everyone was sad to see it go but its rot made it too dangerous to keep. The bright side of the story is that enoough of its stump was left to allow it to serve as a visual reminder of Sam Gribley’s mountain home and as a teaching station. The logs on the ground will be converted to stools, tables, and firewood to create a learning area. The rotted opening visible at its base can be enlarged enough for a small child to get a sense of what Sam’s “house” would’ve been like.

 We still need the objects Sam brought with him from the city:

a penknife, a ball of cord, an ax, flint & steel kit, $40 (funny money), wrapping paper, and old city clothes.

If you have any of these things lying about, we’d appreciate the donation.


The curriculum for our “My Side of the Mountain” class is being developed. To make the class more experiential, we students will be able to handle, or at least see up close, many of the objects and foods Sam Gribley used on his adventure. Most of the items can be found, created, or donated by people interested in supporting Craighead House. If you have or can make and would like to donate any of the items on the list below, please email us at CraigheadHouse@gmail.com. We don’t expect to use more than a fraction of the food items and will adjust the lessons to accommodate what is donated. The list is divided into three sections: What Sam brought form the city, objects he found, and foods. Please take a few minutes to look over the list to see if there’s anything on it you’d like to contribute. Click below to see the list.

 Sam Gribley’s Things


Yard clean-up for the dedication of the PHMC Historic Marker is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at Craighead House. Joe McCorkel has generously donated the use of his dump truck to haul branches to the township mulch center. Wear gloves and bring yard tools. If you haven’t volunteered before, this is a great time to start!

Volunteers are needed for a variety of things to get Craighead House restored to its former glory. Among numerous other things, someone is needed to create a quarterly enewsletter to report all that’s happening at Craighead House to those who are interetsed in knowing how things are going. To help, email your name, phone number, and how you would like to help to CraigheadHouse@gmail.com. Click below to see the list of things needed.