Columbia Historic Preservation Society

Columbia Historic Preservation Society Columbia Historic Preservation Society (CHiPS) 501c3 Organization 19-21 North Second Street, Columbia PA. The museum houses artifacts and publications and model train display. http://columbiahistory.net/
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We are temporarily closed to change exhibits in the museum. We will reopen Saturday April 22, 2017. 2017 Columbia Historic Preservation Society Exhibits "Columbia, Civil War Heroes" Columbia Opera House Columbia Hospital .

01/07/2020

Has anyone seen Joe Nikolaus lately? He missed our monthly meeting, which is a first for him. Didn't contact anyone. Wondering about his health

12/16/2019
11/30/2019
08/25/2019
Roses deli and more

Roses deli and more

We offer a variety if deli style foods, salads and sandwiches. And a large variety of baked goods, guaranteed fresh when you order.

Albatwitch Day
08/22/2019

Albatwitch Day

2019 Albatwitch Day Vendor- Rarity Trading Company introducing the Nellie Noll Hand Krafted Adornments

‘RarityTradingCompany’ which is a vintage clothing business with other great items like antique beads, vintage leathers. therapeutic potions, dream pillows with herbs and magic boxes.
Rarity Trading Company's Witchy vintage dress collection that will bring out the true spell in your beauty.

Nellie Noll, "The River Witch"
It was a murder made for headlines. Faith healing, witchcraft, and curses were all thought to have been a thing of the past, even by 1928 standards, but in the rural farmlands of Pennsylvania, the Dutch and German settlers there had brought with them the practices and beliefs of their homelands. One of these practices, known as Pow-Wow, is a type of folk magic that has been passed down through generations and is still practiced today. At the time, even medical doctors relied heavily on holistic healing methods, and many chose to seek the counsel of Pow-Wow doctors instead to heal them of various ailments.
Nelson Rehmeyer was a well-respected Pow-Wower within the town of Stewartstown. Many had sought out the healing powers of Rehmeyer, and Rehmeyer was welcoming to anyone who would come to him for help day or night. While this hospitality quickly made him a popular healer within the community, his wife and children thought differently about strangers knocking at the door at all hours of the night and decided it would be best if she and the children moved to their own farm a mile down the road.
Another man living in town named John Blymire had been aware of Rehmeyer’s practices and beliefs and slowly came to fear him after running into a string of bad luck on his farm. His family’s crops had failed that year and slowly their cattle began to die off, ushering in various illnesses. Rehmeyer, a farmer himself, seemed to have faced very little trouble by comparison and Blymire’s suspicions began to grow.
Blymire had believed that he was being stalked by witches and that a hex had been cast upon him. Hoping to find a solution, he turned to an alleged witch by the name of Nellie Noll, the River Witch of Marietta. Noll instructed Blymire to place a dollar bill into the palm of his hand. When the dollar was removed, an image of the alleged witch who had cursed him appeared in his palm. Nelson Rehmeyer.
Blymire was told that if he could get a lock of Rehmeyer’s hair and his book of spells he could break the hex. Blymire knew that Rehmeyer was a large man and that he wouldn’t be able to overpower him on his own. He told two local boys – 14-year-old John Curry and 18-year-old Wilbert Hess – that they had to help him with his plans to get Rehmeyer’s spell book, convincing them that Rehmeyer may have hexed them as well.
Several days later the trio knocked on the door of Mrs. Rehmeyer and asked if she had seen her husband. She told them that he was probably at home. The men then went further down the road to the home of Rehmeyer. Hoping that Rehmeyer had been sleeping, the men broke into his home and began looking for the spell book. Hearing the noise, Rehmeyer called out and Blymire demanded that he handed them over his spells. Rehmeyer had been confused about what Blymire had been asking him for, but before he had a chance to respond he was beaten and bound by the men.
Realizing that Rehmeyer was dead, the men rejoiced, believing that they had broken the spell. They then tied Rehmeyer to a chair, doused him in kerosene, and lit him on fire.
Fearing the news of her husband’s murder, Mrs. Rehmeyer instantly referred police to the three men who had come to her door. All of the men admitted that they had killed Rehmeyer, telling police that Rehmeyer had been a witch who had been using black magic against them. The story instantly took local papers by storm.
Blymire would be sentenced to life in prison, while his cohorts, given their age, would serve considerably less time. The story continues to intrigue people, even today, and many go to tour the house that once belonged to Nelson Rehmeyer and wonder how witch hysteria could have possibly still existed nearly 200 years after the Salem Witch Trials.

Columbia Historic Preservation Society
07/18/2019

Columbia Historic Preservation Society

Columbia Historic Preservation Society
07/18/2019

Columbia Historic Preservation Society

Columbia Historic Preservation Society's cover photo
07/18/2019

Columbia Historic Preservation Society's cover photo

Albatwitch Day
07/17/2019

Albatwitch Day

2019 Albatwitch Day Featured Band- Hot Mess

Band Members
Patricia Craigen - Lead Vocals/Percussion
David Snyder - Bass Guitar/Lead Vocals
Mel Torres - Drums
SIN - Rhythm Guitar
Todd Mogle - Lead Guitar

We are a high energy Hard Rock/Rock Fueled Pop Cover Band, based in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Covering artists such as Chris Cornell, Evanescence, STP, Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, Alice In Chains, Pink, AC/DC, Highly Suspect, Greta Van Fleet, and more!

https://www.facebook.com/pcraigen/videos/2765572553456365/?t=51

Albatwitch Day
07/02/2019

Albatwitch Day

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Columbia Historic Preservation SocietyBenefit AuctionPreview: Friday, May 24th. 6:00 PM-8:00PMAuction: Saturday,May 25th...
05/23/2019

Columbia Historic Preservation Society
Benefit Auction
Preview: Friday, May 24th. 6:00 PM-8:00PM
Auction: Saturday,May 25th 9:00 AM
Doors open at 8:00 AM
Cash or Check only

2019 Columbia Historic Preservation.      Benefit AuctionPreview: Friday, May 24th. 6:00 PM-8:00 PMAuction: Saturday, Ma...
05/21/2019

2019 Columbia Historic Preservation. Benefit Auction
Preview: Friday, May 24th. 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Auction: Saturday, May 25th. 9:00 AM -1:00 PM
Doors open 8:00 AM
Cash or checks- PA Sales Tax will be applied
Drivers license or PA ID required to bid
Location: Banner Hall 21 North 2nd Street
Columbia, Pennsylvania

2019 Columbia Historic Preservation Society                    Benefit AuctionPreview: Friday, May 24th  6:00 PM - 8:00 ...
05/20/2019

2019 Columbia Historic Preservation Society Benefit Auction
Preview: Friday, May 24th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Auction: Saturday. May 25th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Doors open Saturday at 8:00 AM
Pictures will be posted everyday of new items to be auctioned. Many advertising and photographs of Columbia, PA. Some very rare one in a lifetime Columbia memorabilia up for auction on Saturday, May 25th.
No buyers premiums PA Sales Tax will be applied
Show your support and help the museum keep our passion alive in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
If you would like to donate items for the CHPS Benefit Auction please call (717)572-7149 after 2:00 PM.

Columbia Historic Preservation Society
04/25/2019

Columbia Historic Preservation Society

Once known as a major transportation hub in the United States.
The Columbia Historic Preservation Society, National Model Railroad Association, National Railroad Historical Society and Rail Mechanical Services have put this event together for all ages to enjoy on railroad history.
Here is some things happening at the event on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Location (1): Columbia Historic Preservation Society 21 North 2nd Street Columbia PA 17512

09:00 AM Organization Introductions

10:00 AM Pat Morrison- Pennsylvania Railroad Museum

11:00 AM Tony Segro- Clinic on Scratch Building

12:00 PM John Brown- Reading & Columbia Railroad

01:00 PM Doug Bosley- Allegheny Portage Railroad

02:00 PM Pete Green- Columbia & Philadelphia Railroad

03:00 PM Tony Segro- Clinic on Scratch Building

Our 1,800 SQ. FT. Train Display at the Columbia Historic Preservation Society

Historic Trolley Service & Tour : $5.00 per person

Location (2): RMS Inc 4th & Manor Street Columbia, PA 17512 :

Railroad Speeders

Railroad Memorabilia Vendors

Model Railroad Vendors

Demonstrations by RMS Inc.

1940'S Baltimore Railroad Trolley

Military Transportation Group

Food: The famous "Shifter" sandwich and many other treats for sale by Rose's Deli & More located at RMS Inc.

Free Event

$5.00 Trolley donation

Historic Trolley tours will last 30-40 minutes with trolley stops at these fine locations: Columbia Crossings, Columbia Historic Preservation and RMS Inc.

Rain or shine.

So come and enjoy a day of history on Columbia's railroad history!

Columbia Historic Preservation Society
04/25/2019

Columbia Historic Preservation Society

Once known as a major transportation hub in the United States. The Columbia Historic Preservation Society, National Mode...
04/25/2019

Once known as a major transportation hub in the United States.
The Columbia Historic Preservation Society, National Model Railroad Association, National Railroad Historical Society and Rail Mechanical Services have put this event together for all ages to enjoy on railroad history.
Here is some things happening at the event on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Location (1): Columbia Historic Preservation Society 21 North 2nd Street Columbia PA 17512

09:00 AM Organization Introductions

10:00 AM Pat Morrison- Pennsylvania Railroad Museum

11:00 AM Tony Segro- Clinic on Scratch Building

12:00 PM John Brown- Reading & Columbia Railroad

01:00 PM Doug Bosley- Allegheny Portage Railroad

02:00 PM Pete Green- Columbia & Philadelphia Railroad

03:00 PM Tony Segro- Clinic on Scratch Building

Our 1,800 SQ. FT. Train Display at the Columbia Historic Preservation Society

Historic Trolley Service & Tour : $5.00 per person

Location (2): RMS Inc 4th & Manor Street Columbia, PA 17512 :

Railroad Speeders

Railroad Memorabilia Vendors

Model Railroad Vendors

Demonstrations by RMS Inc.

1940'S Baltimore Railroad Trolley

Military Transportation Group

Food: The famous "Shifter" sandwich and many other treats for sale by Rose's Deli & More located at RMS Inc.

Free Event

$5.00 Trolley donation

Historic Trolley tours will last 30-40 minutes with trolley stops at these fine locations: Columbia Crossings, Columbia Historic Preservation and RMS Inc.

Rain or shine.

So come and enjoy a day of history on Columbia's railroad history!

Columbia Historic Preservation Society's cover photo
04/25/2019

Columbia Historic Preservation Society's cover photo

Columbia Historic Preservation Society
04/25/2019

Columbia Historic Preservation Society

01/06/2019
01/06/2019
I would like to thank all the patrons that made this Small Business Saturday a success. It was you my Facebook friends t...
11/25/2018

I would like to thank all the patrons that made this Small Business Saturday a success. It was you my Facebook friends that made it possible regardless of the weather.

The participation for the Christmas Cash Giveaway was amazing. The winner will be announced tomorrow at 4:00 PM. So keep your Facebook messenger open, and maybe your name will be drawn as the winner.

I would like to thank all those who visited the Watermelon Rind today to wish my mother, Renae Sears, their concerns and prayers. My mother would have been so excited to see all these patrons visiting her shop. Thank you!
She will be coming home on Monday, and she will be thrilled for the support you have given through these difficult times.
So we are excited for next year to have all businesses participate in our cash drawing. We are committed to bring all businesses together and strong.
Thanks again for your patronage!

Columbia Small Business Saturday is a way you can show your support by shopping local. So take that chance to not only w...
11/24/2018

Columbia Small Business Saturday is a way you can show your support by shopping local. So take that chance to not only win the Christmas Cash Giveaway,but to buy some great items for Christmas.
These dedicated businesses are created for you to save gas and long lines of traffic during this holiday season.
So show your support at these listed locations where you can pick up a Christmas Cash Giveaway card or stamp.
Bootleg Anitques
135 Bridge Street
Burning Bridge Antiques
304 Walnut Street
Cafe 301
301 Locust Street
Cooper's Comics
477 Locust Street
Garth Cafe & Gallery
22 South 2nd Street
Geltz Gotz Goodeze
430 Locust Street
Hinkle's Restaurant
261 Locust Street
Keagy's Produce
438 Locust Street
The Mayfly
8 South 3rd Street
MMD Emporium
17 North 4th Street
Murphy's Mercantile
261 Locust Street
Partners & Friends
403 North 3rd Street
Rivertownes Antique Center
125 Bank Avenue
Rose's Deli & More
13 North 4th Street
The Spot
438 Locust Street
Toll Booth Antique Center
215 Chestnut Street
Water Melon Rind
436 Locust Street
What-Nots & Such
262 Locust Street
Show show your pride and shop local!

Columbia Small Business Saturday presents:The Spot438 Locust StreetCome in and enjoy the best fried chicken on this side...
11/24/2018

Columbia Small Business Saturday presents:
The Spot
438 Locust Street
Come in and enjoy the best fried chicken on this side of the Susquehanna River. Proprietor Yvette Whitfield will cook you a mouth watering meal that you will not forget.
The vision behind THE SPOT in Columbia is to give people a place to have a casual and friendly dining experience. All our food is made with love, fresh, and inspired by family recipes.
This restaurant features FREE Wi-Fi for our guests, cool seating spaces - and food that will keep you coming back for more!
Stop in and ask for a Christmas Cash Giveaway card or stamp on you chance to win $250.00 for Christmas.

Columbia Small Business Saturday presents:Cooper's Comics & Collectibles477 Locust StreetCome in say hello to Mitch who ...
11/24/2018

Columbia Small Business Saturday presents:
Cooper's Comics & Collectibles
477 Locust Street
Come in say hello to Mitch who is a kid at heart when it comes to the comic book. His dedication to Columbia, PA bringing a hobby for all ages to enjoy.
Great back issue selection!
Silver Age to Modern
Big discount for subscriptions
Pokemon, Magic and other gaming cards
Stop in and grab a Christmas Cash Giveaway card or stamp for your chance to win $250.00.
Check this shop out!

Columbia Small Business Saturday present:Keagy's Produce438 Locust StreetVisit one the only downtown produce businesses ...
11/24/2018

Columbia Small Business Saturday present:
Keagy's Produce
438 Locust Street
Visit one the only downtown produce businesses in Lancaster County. The Keagy's have devoted their life to give Columbian's the best fresh fruits and vegetables in walking distance.
Also, a new supplier of Achenbach Pastries that are amazing. So stop by to say hello to Victor who is there to help you with your produce.
Please see attendant for Christmas Cash Giveaway card and stamp.
Have fun local shopping!

Columbia Small Business Saturday presents:Toll Booth Antiques215 Chestnut StreetTollbooth Antique Market Place is Columb...
11/24/2018

Columbia Small Business Saturday presents:
Toll Booth Antiques
215 Chestnut Street
Tollbooth Antique Market Place is Columbia Pa's largest Antique Market. With 200 vendors it creates a uniquely diversified mix of Antiques, Collectibles, Furniture, Vintage, Retro, Crafts, Industrial, and Modern Mid Century. THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. Our unique store is constantly in a state of change with new things arriving daily.
Stop in with your card for a stamp and receive a nice cup of Starbucks and cookies while you roam around this huge antique mall with great prices.
Please see cashier for card or sticker for the $250.00 Christmas Cash Giveaway.

Columbia Small Business Saturday presents:Geltz Gotz Goodeze430 Locust StreetStop in and say hello to Marlene tomorrow d...
11/24/2018

Columbia Small Business Saturday presents:
Geltz Gotz Goodeze
430 Locust Street
Stop in and say hello to Marlene tomorrow during Small Business Saturday. This gift shop has everything from artwork,furniture, handmade jewelry, paintings and all sorts of goodeze.
Stop in and enter to win all those great Christmas gifts on the last picture posted. Also ask for a Christmas Cash Card or stamp while visiting this gift shop.
Shop small!

Visit these fine eating establishment this Small Business Saturday, November 24, 2018Eating at these local establishment...
11/23/2018

Visit these fine eating establishment this Small Business Saturday, November 24, 2018
Eating at these local establishments make a stronger community. So stop in and have a bite while shopping at many local shops with many deals and drawings this Saturday Business Saturday.

Visit these amazing businesses without having to worry about plugging the meter on Small Business Saturday in Columbia, ...
11/23/2018

Visit these amazing businesses without having to worry about plugging the meter on Small Business Saturday in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
Burning Bridge Antiques
Café 301
Columbia Kettle Works
Columbia Pizza
Cooper’s Comics
Dancing Bear
Garth Gallery and Café
Geltz Gotz Goodeze
Goose Vapes
Hinkle’s Restaurant
Keagy’s Produce
The Mayfly
MMD Emporium
Murphy’s Mercantile & Co.
Rose’s Deli & More
The Spot
State Theatre Antiques
Stovers News Agency
The Reuzit Shop
Verona Pizza
Watermelon Rind Sweet Shoppe
What-Nots & Such

Columbia Small Business Saturday present:The Watermelon Rind436 Locust StreetMy Mother, Renae Sears, has ran this small ...
11/22/2018

Columbia Small Business Saturday present:
The Watermelon Rind
436 Locust Street
My Mother, Renae Sears, has ran this small emporium of antiques, baked goods, candy, fines chocolates, and many other goods for the past few years.
Now my Mother has been stricken with an illness and is currently in the hospital fighting for a healthy outcome.
On Saturday, her shop contents will be on sale for 25% off on many goods to offset her medical expenses.
We will also have a drawing for some chocolates and fudge with your entry in the ballot box.
Also ask for a card or sticker for the chance to win some Christmas Cash on Saturday.
So come out and rally for these downtown businesses that thrive to survive for your business.

Address

19-21 N Second St
Columbia, PA
17512-1101

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(717) 684-2894

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Hi Could you pls send 2 links us: 1) link for an Application for paid genealogical research; or if you have no library could you suggest any nearby 2) link for any Online SEARCHABLE genealogy resources you have available (and we realize you're closed, just planning) Thanks
I have recently been given a copy of a book titled, "The Sewing Machine From America" by the author Fred Dworschak of Aachen Germany. It is a story of a young man who as an exchange student in 1952/52 and his trip to America from war torn Germany and the year he spent in Columbia Pennsylvania. This is a document of a time in the history of Columbia where the paternal side of my family comes from, a place I love dearly.
Incase anyone didn't get a picture of their kid holding the snake during jack hubley's presentation, thought I'd share!
Exactly where did the trolley accident occur? Is it reachable by car? Thank you!
Website still down.
Would someone in Columbia please let the leadership of the Columbia Historical Society know that their website "columbiahistory.net" is down.
Pennsylvania's Little Bigfoot the Albatwitch is coming October 12. Paranormal Lectures, Ghost Tours, Live Music, Vendors and more. Fun for the whole family. More information coming soon or visit Albatwitchday.com
Hello, I am looking for any information on Fort Case. 1863 - 1864), I am told it was an earthwork with a masonry two-gun parapet, located near a flint-grinding mill on the southern edge of town, overlooking a dam that was once here. Outworks were to the rear, and a long line of rifle pits were to the right. Is there anymore information? Maybe a sketch, map, article? I've never even READY about this in the SPY, so it was a surprise to me!
I sent a message, could you please look it over and let me know what you think? Thanks.
We’re producing FULL COLOR placemats for the Prospect Diner on Columbia Avenue in Columbia. They’ll run for about 4-5 months. Are you interested in being featured?
In 1928 hundreds of these concrete markers placed along the Lincoln Highway, including 39 across Lancaster County with a dozen in Columbia. Today, there is only ONE 1928 marker remaining in Columbia and it is the east most marker in Pennsylvania. Where is this marker located today? Post in comments below.
I was going through some papers today and ran across this 1992 front page photo from the Columbia, Wrightsville, Mountville Merchandiser featuring the 1947–1949 Tow Hill Football team. My interest in it is that it features my dad Harold (Had) Strawbridge and his cousin Jack Strawbridge. I'm hoping that some other family members get a glimpse of their relatives from back in the day