columbia pa: Columbia PA Clock and Watch Museum - 02/12/09 12:23 AM
A most interesting place to visit in Lancaster County, PA is the National Clock and Watch Museum in Columbia.   Run by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, the museum first opened in 1977 with about 1,000 items, but has expanded to over 12,000 items, from the most intricate pocket watches to magnificent granfather clocks and antique animated clocks.

A separate area features railroad watches from the long history of American railroads.  Other specialized displays feature French clocks, German musical clocks, tower clocks,  and American clocks from 1780 to 1880.  The museum is recognized as the largest collection of … (8 comments)

columbia pa: Six-Pack of My Favorite Blogs - 06/12/08 09:38 AM
It's been a while since I've seen anyone do a "Six-Pack" blog of their favorite posts.  Since I've posted well over 200 blogs, it's hard to pick favorites, but many of my blogs do bring back pleasant memories of the days I visited and photographed them.  These six blogs were picked because they contain some of my favorite photos, taken on beautiful days...
Chickies Rock County Park shows some of the natural beauty of Lancaster County, not much changed since the days that Native American tribes lived in the Susquehanna Valley.
Lititz Springs Park has been the site of art shows, parades and fireworks for … (3 comments)

columbia pa: Breezy View Overlook, Columbia, PA - 11/27/07 11:10 AM
On a windy late November day, I passed over the Chickies Hill between Marietta and Columbia, PA.  Shortly before Columbia, I stopped at the Breezy View Overlook.
       Just off Pennsylvania Route 441, the Overlook offers a spectacular view of the Susquehanna River.
"Breezy View" was an understatement on this windy November day - I had to stay away from the edge to make sure the wind wouldn't blow me over the precipice, which is steeper than it looks in the photograph!
                                 The Susquehanna Heritage Trail runs along the overlook.
                      A picnic area serves as a pleasant place for a repast in warmer weather.

columbia pa: Burning Bridge Antiques Goes New York Style Window Displays - 11/27/07 10:45 AM
Burning Bridge Antiques, located at 304 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA, is going upscale for the holidays!

            Manager Lou Girolami is decorating the store windows in New York City style this season.

                                     This one is called "Champaigne Punch by Tiffany's".

                               This window is called "Scooters in the Sky by FAO Schwartz".


columbia pa: The Susquehanna River at Columbia, PA - 10/10/07 01:40 AM
The Susquehanna River at Columbia, PA
The Susquehanna River has always been a landmark of Central Pennsylvania.  The river's name is said to have come from a native American word meaning "muddy current". 

200 years ago, trees shipped down from the virgin forests around Williamsport, on the West Branch of the Susquehanna in North Central PA,  helped to fuel a thriving lumber and building industry along the river towns in Lancaster County.

In the 1820s, canals were built along the Susquehanna, further enabling river towns like Columbia and Marietta to grow.
In the second half of the … (5 comments)

columbia pa: Columbia, PA Bridge Bust - 10/08/07 12:49 AM
Columbia, PA Bridge Bust
Saturday, October sixth, a glorious day in the annals of weather history, was the date of the annual Columbia, PA Bridge Bust.

The historic Old Bridge over the Susquehanna River was entirely closed off to traffic between Columbia and Wrightsville.
The bridge, built in 1930 as a memorial to the sons and daughters of Lancaster and York Counties who served in the wars of their country, is a graceful deco art arched concrete structure.

The entire span, over a mile across, was taken over by gaily decorated tents and concessions selling and displaying … (8 comments)

columbia pa: Chickies Rock County Park, Columbia PA - 09/26/07 12:14 AM
Chickies Rock County Park, Columbia PA
Located on Chickies Hill between Marietta and Columbia, PA, Chickies Rock County Park offers some of the most spectacular views of the Susquehanna River available anywhere in the Susquehanna Valley.

Located off Route 441, the park starts with a parking area. 
Walking trails meander west toward the river...

Although the river can be seen from Columbia, it's farther away from Route 441 than it appears.  The hike to the overlooks is a little over a mile, uphill but not too difficult.  After you break through the woods, the trail opens wider.

columbia pa: Rivertownes PA USA Tour of History - 09/02/07 02:22 PM
Rivertownes PA USA Tour of History
Rivertownes PA is a cooperative effort between the Susquehanna River towns of Marietta, Columbia, and Wrightsville.
The River Road Historic Excursion is a three hour tour that has been developed by Rivertownes PA USA to showcase the history of the towns on both the Lancaster and York County sides of the Susquehanna River.  A map of the tour is available for $20 From the Susquehanna Valley Visitors Center at Fifth and Linden Streets in Columbia.
The tour starts at the Vesta Furnace Office on Furnace Road in Marietta, the last remaining building of the 1868 … (6 comments)

columbia pa: Churches of Columbia, PA - 07/15/07 11:34 AM
Churches of Columbia, PA
Columbia, PA is known for its historic architecture.  Located along the Susquehanna River, it became a canal shipping center in the 1840s. Later in the 1800s, Columbia was a thriving railroad town.  The wealth that was created in Columbia led to the building of many significant historic homes, a large number of which still exist.
This architectural exuberance was reflected as well in the churches of Columbia.  Below is a mural on the Holy Trinity Parish Center.

The dignified Holy Trinity Catholic Church sits across from the parish center. 
Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran is … (0 comments)

columbia pa: Columbia, PA Classic Car Show - 06/16/07 01:05 PM
Columbia, PA Classic Car Show
June 16 was a perfect day for a classic car show in Columbia, PA.  The temperature was a comfortable seventy-eight degrees.  The sun framed the few white clouds in the sky, making a great backdrop for some of the finest antique, classic and customized cars and motorcycles in Lancaster County.

American flags festooned the street lamp posts, and a good crowd was out for the celebration.  Locust Street, Columbia's main business street, was closed off from traffic.  Some local businesses had displays or refreshments out on the sidewalk.
OF course, concession food was … (0 comments)

columbia pa: Burning Bridge Antiques Market, Columbia PA - 06/11/07 02:06 PM
Burning Bridge Antiques Market, Columbia PA:
For over 100 years, Herr's Hardware Store stood on the corner of North Third and Walnut Streets in Columbia, PA.  When Herr's closed its doors a few years ago, it was hoped that the whatever new use was found for the building, its unique architectural features would be preserved. 

And indeed they have been!  Burning Bridge Antiques Market is one of the finest dealer cooperative antiques markets in Lancaster County.  The ornate pressed tin ceilings have been preserved, as has the original antique elevator that runs from the basement to the second floor.  The … (2 comments)

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