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TATC Mourns the Loss of Founding Member: Margaret Crate

Sad news, Margaret Crate of Christiansburg, VA, passed away on April 25th at the age of 98. She passed away peacefully - her heart was just worn out.

A love of outdoor activity led to her and her husband Harold's active participation in the Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club; camping, hiking, canoeing, climbing, and making friends. They were instrumental in the construction of the Putnam Cabin near Waynesboro still in use by trail club members today.

Due to current restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, a memorial to celebrate Margaret's full and amazing life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club at P.O Box 8246, Norfolk, VA 23503, or Post-Polio Health International. When it is possible, the family will be having a Memorial Service in the Hampton Roads Area.

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The Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club (TATC) is an energetic group, open to individuals and families, whose primary purpose is to maintain a 10+ mile section of the Appalachian Trail (AT). The Club is centered in Norfolk, VA, and draws membership from Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas. TATC maintains 23 miles of additional trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the White Rocks Falls Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Mau-Har Trail off of the Appalachian Trail, and all the trails in the St. Mary’ Wilderness.  In the Tidewater area, the club maintains trails in First Landing State Park, False Cape State Park, New Quarter Park, and Sandy Bottom Nature Park.

In addition to trail maintenance, the TATC offers a wide range of outdoor recreational activities, including backpacking, day hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking, car camping, white water rafting, skiing, rock climbing, rappelling, nature watching, and of course, eating!  

TATC general meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month (except in December) at the new Pretlow Library, 111 West Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia at the corner of Ocean View Avenue and Granby St. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, write to: Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club, P.O. Box 8246, Norfolk, VA 23503.



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The Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club (TATC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all volunteer organization.  100% of your membership dues and donation go to furthering the club's mission. 

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