BROOKVILLE — Next year Gobbler’s Knob will have a new look. Tuesday the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners approved a $100,000 grant that will help fund those changes.
The funds are part of the Marcellus Legacy fund established by the state. The legacy fund had been used previously to help fund the Scripture Rocks Park in Pine Creek Township.
The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob was held on Groundhog Day in 1887. Since that time Gobbler’s Knob has become more well known as the fame of Punxsutawney Phil has spread. Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast on February 2 is recorded in the Congressional Records held in the National Archives and the Library of Congress in our nation’s capital.
In July 1966, Gobbler’s Knob was officially opened year-round to the public. The knob is operated by the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.
Jefferson County Commissioner Jack Matson said Tuesday that the Groundhog Club is hoping to make Gobbler’s Knob the point of contact for Punxsutawney Phil.
Matson said the club has plans for a museum to be operated in cooperation with Punxsutawney Library where Phil maintains his off-season home.
Matson said the club hopes to break ground on the improvements soon after this year’s Groundhog Day events are completed. Matson said the club hopes to have the improvements finished in time for Groundhog Day, 2019.
The Marcellus Shale legacy money may be used for parks and trails, roads and the county uses a portion of the fund in the general budget.