Columbia Historic Preservation Society


  • Columbia Historic Preservation Society
  • 21 North 2nd Street
  • Columbia, PA 17512


  • Primary - 717-684-2894


Columbia Historic Preservation Society Columbia, Pennsylvania, a historic town known for history and commerce for over 225 years. Come visit the Columbia Historic Preservation Society and experience Columbia of past and present with displays of Business & Industry. Also come explore the history of the Columbia Bank & Bridge Company’s Freedom Society of Slavery.

Historic fact: Lost bid to be the capital of the United States of America by one vote to current capital of Washington D.C. Supported by New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, through Congress it was known as the “East bank of the Susquehanna” for the reason of the name chance to Washington.

Historic fact: Currently ranked Thirteenth on the Smithsonian Magazine’s “Top 20 Small Towns to Visit for 2014.”

Historic fact: The burning of the bridge in the Civil War on June 28, 1863 was a pivotal moment to the prelude to Gettysburg, the farthest East the Confederacy advanced.

In addition to offering published articles and books on the town’s history, the museum houses a model train display, artifacts, a research room, microfilm archive, and publications pertaining to the history of this Susquehanna rivertown.

Train display runs on every fourth Sunday of the month and every Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving to the first week of January.

Open Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 PM.

Free to the public, donations accepted.

Look for our exciting bus trips, events and historic tours at or call 717-684-2894 for information.

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