Civil War 150 River Towns

Civil War 150 River Towns How can a bridge shape history?

Dedicated to the promotion of our River Towns commemorative celebrations, 2013 will be the anniversary date of our involvement in events leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg. Check in periodically to learn details of events planned to observe this milestone.

Historic Wrightsville Incorporated
09/23/2019

Historic Wrightsville Incorporated

When you get a chance come by the Museum and see the painting that was unveiled, which was donated by Northwest Bank. This painting was in the basement of the Wrightsville Branch. It was painted on a 4 x 8-foot sheet of drywall. The painting was done by a local artist, "Edward Lewis Musser" in 1964. The Museum is located at 309 Locust Street, Wrightsville, Pa. The hours are 1 to 4 pm on Sundays.

Goodridge Freedom Center
08/30/2019

Goodridge Freedom Center

Great weather for the private tour I am leading this morning of the Civil War skirmish of Wrightsville (June 28, 1863, t...
08/26/2019

Great weather for the private tour I am leading this morning of the Civil War skirmish of Wrightsville (June 28, 1863, three days before Gettysburg). We will explore several sites associated with the fighting and the burning of the world's longest covered bridge (taken from my popular book on the subject). Proceeds from my customized tours go to the York County History Center.

Explore York PA
05/22/2019

Explore York PA

Today, two new signs were placed in Wrightsville commemorating this beautiful town's involvement in the Civil War and the journey to the Battle of Gettysburg. Civil War Trails, Inc. worked with local historians and officials to tell the stories of soldiers, the enslaved, and civilians. You can check them out for yourself in the 600 block of Cherry Street in Wrightsville. #historywasmadehere #historybuff #CivilWarStories #CivilWarTrails #ExploreYorkPa #haveitmadehere #openairmuseum #visitpa

Follow this link to listen to my podcast of the deliberate burning of the world's longest covered bridge to prevent Conf...
01/18/2019
The Chronicles of the American Civil War

Follow this link to listen to my podcast of the deliberate burning of the world's longest covered bridge to prevent Confederates from crossing the Susquehanna River. https://boboconnorbooks.com/the-chronicles-of-the-american-civil-war/

The Chronicles of the American Civil War September 24, 2017 By Bob O'Connor Podcast that is FREE to listen to featuring scholars, historians and authors discussing subjects concerning the war. The Podcast posts every Thursday on Itunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and Google Play. The podcast is recorded at Ra...

A couple local Civil War wayside markers.
12/12/2018

A couple local Civil War wayside markers.

Civil War and More
08/09/2018

Civil War and More

Just re stocked $19.95 per DVD. Scott Mingus Wrightsville and Schmick-Wingert Sporting Hill. Covers Ewells Corps on it's way to Harrisburg

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06/05/2018
Columbia Education Foundation

Columbia Education Foundation

Congratulations to our 2018 CEF Scholarship Recipients. The largest amount we have ever awarded - $6000.00 total.

Senior Scholarship: Ashley Perales, Marcus Falcon, Haley Lutz, Bailee Armold, Linnette Cruz, Natalie Lightcap, Sophie Hinkle, Zane Garrison, Yu-Hsia Huang & Alexander Retamar.

CEF Dean Y Little Memorial Scholarship: Haley Lutz

CEF Columbia Heritage Scholarship (Stevens Tech): Dylan Smith

"Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching."

What's Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area - Part 1
04/07/2018

What's Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area - Part 1

Join us for the 150th Anniversary of the Mount Bethel Charter!

You know you're from Columbia PA if...
04/07/2018

You know you're from Columbia PA if...

Join us for the 150th Anniversary of the Mount Bethel Charter!

I am honored to be signing books alongside Dr. Jennifer Murray, whose work I admire and respect. This should be a fun ev...
12/09/2017

I am honored to be signing books alongside Dr. Jennifer Murray, whose work I admire and respect. This should be a fun event! Come on out and pick up copies of my latest books, the revised and expanded Human Interest Stories of the Gettysburg Campaign and the revised Gettysburg Glimpses 2nd edition. I will also have my book on the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad in the Civil War available, as well as many of my other books. Stop by and meet Dr. Murray and say hello!

Preservation Pennsylvania
05/28/2016

Preservation Pennsylvania

Wishing you a happy Memorial Day weekend from Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Lincoln Highway. The mile-long bridge has spanned the Susquehanna River and connected the towns of Columbia and Wrightsville since 1930 and is believed to be the longest, multiple-arched, concrete span in the world. A project to restore the original lighting features won Preservation Pennsylvania's Ralph Modjeski Award in 2015. #thisplacematters #MemorialDay #LincolnHighway

Reverse glass paintings of Columbia Bridge on fire were part of 1913 Old Home Week
05/15/2016
Reverse glass paintings of Columbia Bridge on fire were part of 1913 Old Home Week

Reverse glass paintings of Columbia Bridge on fire were part of 1913 Old Home Week

A Cannonball blog reader from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, has the above reverse glass painting for sale. Only a handful, including well preserved examples at the Columbia Historic Preservation Society and Historic Wrightsville, Incorporated, of these are known to exist. The reader’s … Continue readi

Three of the Bridge Burners who worked against high water, climbed 20 feet rope ladders in the dark, and lit the brazier...
08/05/2013

Three of the Bridge Burners who worked against high water, climbed 20 feet rope ladders in the dark, and lit the braziers. My heroes!

Sesquicentennial Commemoration - June 29, 2013
08/03/2013

Sesquicentennial Commemoration - June 29, 2013

Sesquicentennial Commemoration - June 29, 2013
08/03/2013

Sesquicentennial Commemoration - June 29, 2013

Sesquicentennial Commemoration - June 29, 2013
08/03/2013

Sesquicentennial Commemoration - June 29, 2013

07/24/2013

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06/29/2013

Thank you to all our volunteers who made last night's "Flames Across the Susquehanna" a success. Where else could you have such a gorgeous view, music, 25 fires across the river and fireworks for $2.00? Thanks also to our major sponsors: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, York County Visitors and Convention Bureau, and the John Wright Store & Restaurant.

Columbia Historic Preservation Society
06/29/2013

Columbia Historic Preservation Society

These maps should help you locate where the many events are being staged on June 28th, 29th, & 30th.

Civil War 150 River Towns
06/28/2013

Civil War 150 River Towns

Don't miss the burning of 25 braziers atop the abandoned piers that once carried the mile long covered bridge burned during the Civil War on June 28, 1863.

Wrightsville Fire & Rescue Company 41
06/28/2013

Wrightsville Fire & Rescue Company 41

150 years ago today, Union troops set fire to the mile-long covered bridge over the Susquehanna River that linked York and Lancaster counties. Union Colonel Jacob G. Frick and his men succeeded in preventing the Confederates from crossing.

The Confederate troops were led by General John Brown Gordon and they attempted to push eastward, however the fire halted their plans. The history of the fire service in Wrightsville prior to the incorporation of the Wrightsville Steam Fire Engine & Hose Co. No. 1 in 1887 is not very clear, but research shows that there was a fire organization of sorts prior to the Civil War. It is believed that there was equipment such as fire buckets and possibly even some type of fire apparatus, but the equipment was nowhere to be found as the bridge burned. General Gordon and his men formed a bucket brigade to douse the flames. It is unknown if General Gordon’s plans were to save Wrightsville from major catastrophe or to simply cross the bridge. As the fire began to spread to the Westphalia (downtown) section of town, residents gathered and more buckets began to appear. The fire was eventually extinguished and several buildings sustained damage. General Gordon and his men returned to Gettysburg on July 1st, 1863.

Many say the war may have ended differently if not for the evasive action by Colonel Frick and his men.

"Flames Across the Susquehanna" reenactment set for Friday
06/25/2013
"Flames Across the Susquehanna" reenactment set for Friday

"Flames Across the Susquehanna" reenactment set for Friday

Final preparations for Gettysburg’s 150th anniversary are underway. One event you may not be aware of is the burning of the bridge over the Susquehanna River between Columbia and Wrightsville.

Underground Railroad Tour on Sunday, June 23rd.
06/24/2013

Underground Railroad Tour on Sunday, June 23rd.

If you missed the Underground Railroad Tour, the Columbia Historic Preservation Society has one scheduled for August 24t...
06/24/2013

If you missed the Underground Railroad Tour, the Columbia Historic Preservation Society has one scheduled for August 24th.

What a glorious evening for all who attended the ball.
06/23/2013

What a glorious evening for all who attended the ball.

Civil War Ball at NAWCC was sold out!  Everyone had a good time!
06/23/2013

Civil War Ball at NAWCC was sold out! Everyone had a good time!

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445 Linden St
Columbia, PA
17512

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Representatives from non-profit organizations in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville are planning activities for the end of June, 2013. Won't you plan on celebrating with us?

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(717) 684-5249

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