the Old Hardware Store. Photo: JT Thomas

the Old Hardware Store. Photo: JT Thomas

Front Door of Hardware Store

Front Door of Hardware Store

Back Porch of Porphyry Place Photo: Anders Link

Back Porch of Porphyry Place

Photo: Anders Link

McCarthy Campus

The Wrangell Mountains Center has been primarily headquartered in the "Old Hardware Store," a historic building which originally served as a general store for the boomtown of McCarthy during the copper mining period in the early-20th century. Built in 1911 and abandoned in 1938, the structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places after board member Sally Gibert initiated ongoing stabilization and restoration efforts in 1976. What was once a store, family living quarters, and rooming house is now an active educational center. The space includes a library, classroom, seminar room, program office, equipment and food storage areas, workshop, residential rooms, a cooperatively-run kitchen, and gardens. 

A recent and successful capital campaign allowed the purchase of adjacent property, Porphyry Place. Our gradual expansion into the site will enable growth and program diversity at the Wrangell Mountains Center. New facilities include a lecture or concert space, demonstration kitchen, study area for visiting scholars, writer and artist-in-residence studios, a greenhouse, garden, an extensive tool room and workshop, and more. 

All the facilities at the WMC McCarthy campus are designed to effectively and economically support a learning community. Program participants from all backgrounds have the opportunity to experience—and contribute to—a largely sustainable living system. We hope to model sustainable living practices in the local area in an effort to raise awareness for conscious choices and minimal resource use.

Please contact us at info@wrangells.org if you would like more information on hosting a program or school group with the WMC.