Connecting People to the River
and its Heritage

March 2018
Celebrating 125 years of Doc Hinkle's Egg Dye

Celebrate Columbia's  eggcelent history by decorating your eggs with Doc Hinkle's egg dye. This tradition goes back to 1893 when Samuel Hinkle developed Doc Hinkle's egg dye in his pharmacy here in Columbia. 

Join us at Columbia Crossing to decorate 3 eggs for $2. All supplies, materials, snacks and drinks included.

Register by March 14 by calling 717-449-5607 or emailing
Rain Garden Clean-up & Planting
Spring is a time for dusting off and cleaning up. Well, our riverfront rain garden could certainly use some TLC after the long winter. Drop by the Zimmerman Center for Heritage on Sunday, March 25th, enjoy the spring air and exercise your green thumb at our rain garden clean-up and planting. Grab a hot dog from the grill and burn off the calories while getting to know native rain garden plants first-hand. Then return this Summer to enjoy the results of your efforts! Bring your boots, gloves, and clippers; extra gloves and clippers will be available. All ages are welcome from 12 PM to 3 PM.
Spreading the Word about the Susquehanna Riverlands!
Keystone Edge features Columbia in their latest edition!

"Whether you're looking for fun in the outdoors, a top-shelf brewery or world-class antiques shopping, this is a can't miss stop on your itinerary. In recent years, local residents and organizations have put a fresh focus on recreation and infrastructure, revamping downtown, launching a new river trail, and spotlighting the town's inherent charm." 

Mark your calendars!

Stars Over the Susquehanna on 
April 20th 
 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Come to the river for an "out of this world" experience! Join Susquehanna Heritage at both of our locations to find your park after dark.  At Columbia Crossing there will be a star party and presentation with the Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County.  Across the river at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage learn how early explorers like Captain John Smith navigated by using the stars. 

Both sites are FREE and open
 to all ages. 

River Experience on Friday June 1st

The River Experience is Susquehanna Heritage's major annual fund-raising event and it is plenty of fun! Join us for a casual evening at the river sampling food and beverages from local restaurants, breweries and wineries; challenge others in a river-centered silent auction; tap your toes live jazz; and, if the winds are with us, we'll even have a hot air balloon! All this set amid sweeping vistas of the river at day's end. The River Experience is an opportunity to mingle with old friends and make new ones who also love the river.

Susquehanna Riverlands Trail Festival is  Saturday June 2nd 

We're so excited to be working with a great group of partners to host the Susquehanna Riverlands Trail Festival. In years past, we've celebrated National Trail Day offering educational and recreational activities on the NW River Trail. This year the event has expanded in a number of ways. Some of the exciting events include: 
  • Live Music and more activities at Columbia Crossing and on the NW River Trail
  • Canoe Classic -- a Chesapeake Bay Foundation  youth canoeing race starting at Columbia River Park
  • Opening of Wilton Meadows Preserve -- enjoy a rugged hike from Highpoint Park through the new Preserve ending at John Wright Restaurant
Join us to HIKE, BIKE, PADDLE, and PLAY at the Susquehanna Riverlands Trail Festival on June 2nd. Stay tuned for more details in the future. 

Susquehanna Heritage seeks Visitor Service Reprsentative
This part-time position at Columbia Crossing offers 24-30 hours each week, year-round - primarily weekends during summer season. The total number of hours, and duties of the position, are dependent upon a pending contract with the Borough of Columbia. Responsibilities will include front desk visitor services, tracking visitation, merchandise sales, brochure management, and scheduling volunteers. Additional duties will likely include coordination of Columbia Trolley Works. Excellent customer service and organization skills are essential to the position. Passion for the Susquehanna River region and recreation are preferred.

Send resume and cover letter to Columbia Crossing Manager, Hope Byers at

Susquehanna Heritage is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by private contributions from generous donors and funding from national, state, and regional partners including:

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