If you have ever hiked the 6 miles of the Mason-Dixon Trail between Franklintown
and State Game Land 242, PA (Map 1) you know that:
Map 1 Location of Church Privy
1. The trail is on roads.
Now there is. The Mount Zion United Methodist Church, at the corner of Mount
Zion RD and Mountain RD, has a new privy behind the church. And they
have informed us that hikers of the Mason-Dixon Trail are welcome to use it.
2. The area is mostly farms and houses.
3. There are not a lot of places to "go".
A bit of background, here: This church was built in 1854. It didn't have
electrity until some time in the early to mid twentieth century. It has
water or septic. Hence, the privy. It has about 15 members and a part time pastor.
The Mason-Dixon Trail currently goes right past this church. In fact, it is
a good place to stop and take a break on their front step. When I hiked this
section last year I stopped here and used the privy. It was 90% full at that
time. So I called the pastor of the church after my hike and informed him
of that fact and
asked if it was possible if M-DT hikers could use it in the future. I even
offered a small contribution towards emptying it. I later got a call from a lady
from this church saying thanks for the feedback, that the privy didn't meet code
so they were going to
tear it down and either build or obtain a new one. About a year later
(July 13, 2016) she called me again and said that they had gotten a new
portable privy and that users of the Mason-Dixon Trail were welcome to use it.
Mt. Zion UM Church, PA
So we now have a place to "go" while hiking this section of the Mason-Dixon
Trail. Thanks to Mount Zion UM Church, PA.