Wright's Ferry Mansion
Columbia's other Points of Interest
There are Many interesting and unique places around Wright’s Ferry Mansion. We hope you have time to visit them as well!
MT. ZION AME CHURCH AND CEMETERY
~The original church was built in 1817. The congregation was vastly important to the Underground Railroad. Many of the brave men who fought for the Union as part of the US Colored Troops are buried in the cemetery.
MT. BETHEL CEMETERY
~Columbia’s early settlers and many important people are buried here.
FIRST NATIONAL BANK MUSEUM
~Tours are by appointment only. It is an excellent tour of an historic and influential bank.
NATIONAL WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM
~This museum boasts an excellent collection of time pieces and fascinating displays. The National Watch and Clock Museum is perfect for families and children of all ages!
COLUMBIA HISTORIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY
~Find out more about Columbia’s history. The society houses a model train display, artifacts and a microfilm archive. https://susquehannariverlands.com/visitor-centers/columbia-crossing-river-trails-center/
COLUMBIA CROSSING RIVER TRAILS CENTER
~Inside, visitors will find a history of the Susquehanna River. Outside, people can sit and enjoy the view, or take a walk along the Susquehanna River Trail.
CHICQUES HILL/ CHICKIES HILL
~Visitors can walk the hiking trail to a scenic overlook across the Susquehanna River. The ridge also boasts an interesting geological formation.
TURKEY HILL EXPERIENCE
~This site is perfect for families or ice cream lovers. You can make your own ice cream flavor and star in your own advertisement! Due to high visitation, buying a ticket online might be preferable.
GARTH GALLERY AND CAFÉ
~Located just down the street from Wright’s Ferry Mansion, visitors can enjoy the art gallery an delicious coffee, hot chocolate or Italian sodas. The place is also available for events. https://www.garthart.co
COLUMBIA MARKET HOUSE
~The Market House was established in 1869. It still hosts Columbia’s farmer’s market and tours through the historic building.
LLOYD MIFFLIN HOUSE
~Although the house is not open to the public, you can walk by the house of “America’s Sonneteer”.
~ In the 18th century, Maryland and Pennsylvania fought over the boarder between their colonies. Ultimately, the British crown sent Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon over to settle the border line between the two colonies. The Mason-Dixon Line is one of the most well-known borders in the United States.
~On the west side of the Susquehanna River visitors can enjoy beautiful vistas, hiking trails and historical markers.
ZIMMERMAN CENTER FOR HERITAGE
~This site is also located in Wrightsville and is part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
CANOE AND KAYAK TOURS OF THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER
~There are several boat launch sites along both sides of the river that are open to the public.
~The Shanks Ferry People carved petroglyphs into rocks that are located in the Susquehanna river. There are guided boat tours that are offered so that visitors can view the carvings and learn about the people who lived in the area before Europeans settled in Lancaster county.
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