First National Bank Museum

First National Bank Museum Visit one of the oldest historic sites in Lancaster County.Guided tours gladly given by appointment during the hours listed.Call now to reserve your tour!

Come visit one of the most fascinating and "undiscovered" historical treasures in Lancaster County, PA,... the First National Bank Museum, in the heart of downtown Columbia. Enjoy a private guided tour of an original bank from the 1850's and learn about this bank's role in the extensive development of the industries and transportation systems throughout this area along the lower shores of the mighty Susquehanna River. The First National Bank of Columbia was created in the front two corner rooms of a stately Federal-style townhouse, built in 1814 for James Wright, Jr. It survives in tact today because of the extraordinary guts and vision of the late Lloyd and Jean Motter. Their legacy continues through the ongoing restoration, maintenance, and loving care provided by their daughter, Nora Motter Stark, and her husband, Michael. Tours and rentals for small events are gladly given by reservation. The suggested donation is $8-10 per guest. Special reduced rates for large groups of 35 or more, seniors, and non-profits upon request. Also, customized, step-on private guide service of local historic sites throughout Lancaster County are available upon reservation and rates are based on itinerary and length of tour. Come see us soon!

Columbia Crossing
05/08/2020

Columbia Crossing

Following federal CDC guidelines for parks and the PA Bureau of State Parks policy for day-use facilities, the restrooms at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center have re-opened effective 5/8/20. Exterior doors will be unlocked 6 am - 6 pm daily.

05/06/2020
Columbia Car Show "Thunder on the River"

Columbia Car Show "Thunder on the River"

Good afternoon to all! We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19, we have decided to postpone the Columbia Car Show “Thunder on the River” to June 19th 2021! It was a hard decision to make but the Lions Club and the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce need to lookout for the health and well-being of all! We hope to see you all at next year’s event!

Days of Quarantine in 1939-1940 in Columbia, PA from my mom's book, "The Sixth Street Indians" by Jean Gaus Motter Morse...
05/03/2020

Days of Quarantine in 1939-1940 in Columbia, PA from my mom's book, "The Sixth Street Indians" by Jean Gaus Motter Morse.

05/03/2020
Susquehanna National Heritage Area

Susquehanna National Heritage Area

GIVE LOCAL YORK RAISES $8700+ FOR SNHA AND THE RIVER!

With all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 right now, Give Local York offered a chance for all of us to feel positive and connected to our communities and the organizations that play an important role in our lives - and our generous friends and supporters stepped up for SNHA!

It is our children that have so much to look forward to as they discover nature and the world around them. SNHA offers great opportunities for discovery of that great natural resource in our midst - the Susquehanna!

Thank you for helping advance our mission to connect kids and families to the history and beauty of the river. Your gifts through Give Local York were kind and generous, especially in these troubled times.

We hope to see you at the river, soon!

https://www.susquehannaheritage.org/

(Video Viewing Tip - watch a 2nd time and just listen to the kids discover the wonder of the river!)

Hinkle's Restaurant
04/21/2020

Hinkle's Restaurant

Treat the whole family to one of our new meal deals!

Columbia Kettle Works
04/17/2020

Columbia Kettle Works

Open today and Saturday from 4-8pm for beer take-out. Crowlers and newly purchased Growlers. Still some Kettleface 4-packs and sour bottles available.

Pre-order over the phone at 717-342-2374 after 4pm. Cheers!

#ckwpa #columbiaPA #PAbeer #breweriesinpa #drinklocal

Columbia Crossing
04/01/2020

Columbia Crossing

Columbia Pa is a hot spot for early transportation history!

You can almost hear Mick Williams' watercolor painting and imagine the hustle and bustle of the railroad during its prime!
View his painting alongside its inspiration and relive the past through his art, from the comfort of your home.

Want to learn more about the Columbia Railroad?
Find out more; www.columbiahistory.net/train/history/

Susquehanna National Heritage Area
04/01/2020

Susquehanna National Heritage Area

Explore the past through our new series RiverRoots. On this final day of Women's History Month, we dive into the extraordinary life of Susanna Wright. In her 88 years of living, Susanna watched and contributed to Pennsylvania's growth from a frontier colony to a prominent state in a fledgling nation. Discover her story: https://www.susquehannaheritage.org/river-roots-susanna-wr…/

Columbia Crossing
03/11/2020
Columbia Crossing

Columbia Crossing

Mick Williams' painting captures the iconic feel of Old Home Week in Columbia Pennsylvania.

You can find his water color paintings at Columbia Crossing Trail Center, inviting the community to revel in local culture and history.
View Micks water color paintings along side the original photographs that inspired them, in a reunion of past and present.

Create Columbia
03/11/2020
Create Columbia

Create Columbia

DUE TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES, THIS MEETING HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED.

Wednesday, March 18
3 PM to 8 PM
Columbia Borough School District Building
200 N 5th Street
Columbia PA

Columbia Car Show "Thunder on the River"
03/05/2020

Columbia Car Show "Thunder on the River"

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines... The 7th annual Thunder on the River Car Show will be hosted on June 20th, 2020! To register your hot rod, print the registration form below and mail it to Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, located at 445 Linden St., Columbia, PA 17512!

LancasterOnline Food + Living
03/05/2020
LancasterOnline Food + Living

LancasterOnline Food + Living

Sunday is Charter Day in Pennsylvania, and three Lancaster County museums will be offering free admission. Find out about some of the exhibits and activities.
bit.ly/CharterDay2020

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
03/04/2020

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Craft beer aficionados! Rails & Ales is only one month away! Get your tickets today to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s fifth annual craft beer tasting event on Saturday, April 4. Held among the historic trains in the Museum’s Rolling Stock Hall, Rails & Ales sold out last year! http://railsandales.org/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumpa #railandales #craftbeer #historictrains #strasburgpa

Columbia Crossing
02/26/2020

Columbia Crossing

Did you catch the front page of the LNP + LancasterOnline today? Ad Crable shared an update on the study linking the NW River Trail to the Enola Low Grade as well as the Safe Harbor Bridge re-decking process that recently started - and will likely take two years. https://lancasteronline-pa.newsmemory.com/

02/22/2020
Adventures with Nora

Here's another one of the fabulous trips planned for the Summer of 2021

Here is the itinerary for the BEST OF SCANDINAVIA in partnership with Bob Neff Tours:

Sweden, Norway, Denmark: July 7-16, 2021

Day 1: Depart USA

Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Stockholm, Sweden.

Day 2: Stockholm, Sweden

Upon arrival you are greeted by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy this remarkable Scandinavian city. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

Day 3: Stockholm

After breakfast, enjoy a Stockholm city tour. Once home of the Vikings, today’s Sweden is a captivating mix of old and new. Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, is the very epitome of a vibrant cosmopolitan center, a city alive with world-class art museums, cutting-edge fashion boutiques and sizzling night life. Remark-able architecture abounds, exemplified in the dazzling City Hall, site of the Nobel Prize reception, with its glittering gold walls and stunning colored-glass mosaics. But even in this thrilling center of culture, you’ll find traces of Sweden’s fabled past. In the Gamla Stan, the city’s Old Town, medieval Stockholm comes to life in this beautifully preserved historic district. This afternoon, explore the city on your own or choose an optional excursion of The Royal Canal and Vasa Warship Museum. This excursion includes a one-hour cruise along the shady canal of Djurgarden and a visit to the remarkable Vasa Warship Museum, built around a restored 17th-century warship that sank in Stockholm’s inner harbor. Meal: B

Day 4: Oslo

Where Culture and Nature Meet - Following breakfast this morning, bid farewell to Stockholm and depart for Oslo, Norway. Upon your late afternoon arrival in Norway, you’ll learn why it’s hard to say what is more stunning in Oslo: its glorious urban cityscapes or towering mountains and pristine countryside. The remainder of the day is free for you to experience Oslo on your own. Meal: B

Day 5: Oslo to Myrdal/Breathtaking Railway Journey -

On this morning’s city tour, your local guide will walk you through Vigeland Sculpture Park as you discover the amazing granite and bronze artwork. Catch a glimpse of the regal and impressive Royal Palace. All these pleasures await, plus the bustling trade of a thriving port city. After the tour, transfer to the Oslo train station for one of the best ways to take in the wonders of Scandinavia: aboard a scenic railway that traverses this breathtaking countryside. You’ll take in dizzying vistas that open out on all sides as you speed from Oslo toward Myrdal, a remote mountain station located 3,000 feet above sea level. Famous for its remarkable panoramic views, Myrdal is the stepping off point for yet another glorious train ride on the world-renowned Flåm Railway. Descending 3,500 feet during a 13-mile journey into mountainous countryside, passengers glimpse wild rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down sheer cliffs, and mountain farms clinging perilously to steep slopes. In the heart of this rugged countryside, the historic Stalheim Hotel offers a stunning panoramic perspective of astounding fjordland views. For nearly 200 years, artists, painters and poets have drawn inspiration from the awe-inspiring majesty of this remarkable natural spectacle. Meals: B, D

Day 6: The Awe-Inspiring Fjords

This morning after breakfast, you’ll get your final view of the Naerøey Valley before you transfer by coach to Flåm for embarkation of a cruise through the world-famous Sognefjord and Naerøey Fjords. Carved out over centuries by waves of majestic glaciers, the fjords are a testament to the magnificent power of nature. No visit to Norway would be complete without views of the emerald green cliffs of the fjord sweeping sharply down to meet glittering waters. You just may glimpse a sight of seals as they sun themselves on warm rocks. After the cruise, meet your coach in Gudvangen where you’ll continue on the journey to Bergen. Meals: B, D

Day 7: The Rich Historical Heritage of Bergen

Today you’ll enjoy an included city tour of Bergen, the second largest city in Norway. Bergen offers a fascinating mix of history, culture and natural beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage City, Bergen proudly preserves its rich past, seen in the timbered 15th-century houses, centuries-old warehouses built by seagoing merchants, and a charming labyrinth of cobblestone streets. Nearby, you’ll visit Troldhaugen, the former home and estate of one of Norway’s most famous sons, composer Edvard Grieg. The remainder of the day is free to explore this charming city on your own. Meal: B

Day 8: Copenhagen

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Copenhagen. Upon arrival you enjoy a city tour of this bustling metropolis. Copenhagen offers a mix of old-world grandeur with the excitement of a thriving modern cultural center. Parks and green spaces are everywhere, and canals and waterways crisscross its streets, recalling the city’s seagoing roots. The city is alive with such sites as Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest pleasure parks; and Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament and the Royal Theater. Fans of literature make a pilgrimage to the statue of The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale, while shoppers enjoy browsing the quaint boutiques along the famous Stroget, Copenhagen’s renowned pedestrian district. Meal: B

Day 9: A day at leisure

This day is yours to experience Copenhagen and all of its charm. Or join us for an optional excursion to North Zeeland. You’ll enjoy a scenic drive to Helsinor, one of the oldest towns in Denmark, and nearby Kronborg Castle, legendary home of Prince Hamlet. Your tour also includes views of Fredensborg Castle and an included visit to Frederiksborg Castle. Tonight join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for the Farewell Dinner at our hotel. Meals: B, D

Day 10: Copenhagen

Following breakfast at the hotel, bid farewell to Scandinavia with memories of life enriching experiences as you transfer to Copenhagen Airport for the flight home. Meal: B

PRICE per person: $4885 Double $5714 Single

$600 Deposit per person at registration

Includes round-trip airfare from Newark, NJ and transfers to from airport from Mount Joy, PA.

(8) Breakfasts and (4) Dinners

Trip Protection Plan $299 per person additional cost.

Walking Guide #3 Moderate walking and long days.

PM me if you're interested in more info and/or ready to make a deposit for this fantastic adventure! :)

02/22/2020
Adventures with Nora

Adventures with Nora

FALL trip to Savannah and Charleston for September 14-19, 2020 in partnership with Bob Neff Tours. Here is the itinerary. Please PM me if you're interested in more info and/or want to make a reservation for this wonderful trip!
Savannah and Charleston
September 14-19, 2020 | 6 days
Bus Pickup and Drop-off: Tentatively in Mount Joy, PA (to be confirmed)
Leave:8:00 am Return-7:00 pm

Price per person: $1,585 Double $2,008 Single
$1,453 Triple $1,432 Quad

Deposit – $150 per person at registration

5 breakfasts 2 lunches 4 dinners

Day 1 *Travel to North Carolina, where we’ll enjoy a special dinner together *Overnight in Fayetteville, NC (D)

Day 2 *Depart for Savannah, GA *Have a “Snapshot Tour,” with step-on guide, of historic Savannah, home to the largest urban National Historic Landmark district in the country *See restored 18th and 19th century building, the picturesque waterfront where cotton warehouses are now restaurants and hotels *Tour the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, built in 1873 *Visit the Davenport House Museum, completed in 1820 and famous for beginning of Savannah’s historic preservation movement *Enjoy a dinner of local cuisine *Overnight in Savannah, GA (B, D)

Day 3 *Experience Georgia’s Low Country with its tidal waterways *Visit the Byrd Cookie Company flagship store and enjoy cookie-tasting, a Savannah tradition since 1924! *Travel to Savannah’s Beach at Tybee Island, hearing stories from Fort Pulaski Memorial and of the Island’s unique coastal living style *Enjoy a drive-by view of Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, guiding mariners for more than 270 years *Stop for a photo-op and beach walk to experience the Atlantic Ocean sand and water *Tour the Savannah Victorian District with its gingerbread architecture and fashionable residences in a variety of European styles *Visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the oldest public gardens in America with the largest camellia collection along with those famous magnolias *Enjoy a delicious dinner at the Charleston Crab House *Overnight in Charleston, SC (B, D)

Day 4 *Take in a guided tour of the Historic District of Charleston *Enjoy lunch at Hyman’s Restaurant on Charleston’s famous Market Street *Stroll along the pedestrian street browsing the shops and local flavor *Cruise the Harbor *Hear the tales and see the sights during a guided history tour aboard a horse-drawn carriage *Overnight in Charles, SC (B, L)

Day 5 *Experience the Charleston Tea Plantation This unique plantation is located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of the low country, just a few miles south of the historic city of Charleston. It is the only tea plantation in North America where you can see hundreds of thousands of tea bushes stretching out acre after acre for almost as far as the eye can see *See how tea is made in America’s only tea factory *Take a trolley ride through the plantation *Begin our trek north, stopping for an authentic “Eastern North Carolina Calabash” style dinner *Overnight in Fayetteville, NC (B, D)

Day 6 *Relax as we head homeward, making appropriate rest and meal stops along the way (B, L)

Walking Guide 3: Requires moderate amount of walking possibly on uneven surfaces; longer and shorter days;

02/21/2020

Some very exciting news ...I am now partnering with Bob Neff Tours on (2) upcoming tours...#1 Historic Savannah & Charleston Sept. 14-19, 2020 and #2 Gorgeous Sweden, Norway, & Denmark July 7-16, 2021!!! A small portion of each trip will go towards the ongoing preservation/restoration work here at the Bank Museum. So, stay tuned for more details and please plan to join me to explore these fantastic destinations!

Andy's Market
02/15/2020

Andy's Market

First National Bank Museum's cover photo
02/15/2020

First National Bank Museum's cover photo

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
02/12/2020

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania will be open on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17. Why not plan to visit and experience our world-class collection of historic trains, if you have the day off from work or school! https://rrmuseumpa.org @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumpa #presidentsday #historictrains #strasburgpa

Photos from First National Bank Museum's post
02/12/2020

Photos from First National Bank Museum's post

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170 Locust St
Columbia, PA
17512

Bus stop for Lancaster and York connections just one block away. Nearest train station is in Lancaster or Mount Joy.

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Nora Motter Stark did a wonderful job as guide today when a friend from Lebanon and I came to tour the bank. Her passion for the history of the bank and the town are obvious. We are lucky to have her and this historic building in our town.
Great looking bank. I used to clean it. It is something to see