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 Vesta Iron Furnace Site. Vehicles then cross the Route 30 Bridge and come back across the old Veterans Memorial Bridge, a multiple arched concrete bridge that takes the Lincoln Highway (Route 462) to Columbia, past the Columbia River Park.
The tour then takes Route 441 south to Washington Boro, with a stop at the Blue Rock Heritage Center, a recently restored stone mill. The route then meanders from the river through some beautiful countryside toward Holtwood, where a crossing is made over the Norman Wood Bridge into York County, past Lock #12, one of the best preserved locks of the Susquehanna Tidewater Canal.
Several optional scenic stops can be made before the tour winds up at the John Wright Store and Restaurant in Wrightsville.
The non-profit Rivertownes PA USA will utilize the profits from the tour map for preservation projects in the Susquehanna Valley.