2020 Columbia-Montour Travel Guide

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Another stop on the Passport is the Pioneer Tunnel in Ashland. You can take a ride down into an underground anthracite coal mine and also go on an above-ground ride on an old narrow-gauge train. If you visit on a hot summer day, you’ll enjoy the natural “air-conditioning” (a chilly 52°) inside the mine! Other historical stops included the Boyd House, Montgomery House and Mooresburg School in Danville; the Catawissa Quaker Meeting House; the Columbia County Historical & Genealogical Society in Bloomsburg; the International Harvester Collectors Museum in Millville; and the Jane E. DeLong Memorial Hall in Washingtonville. Look for some new locations to be added for 2020. The Passport was a wonderful experience, and I’d encourage everyone to hit the trail in 2020. It’s perfect for families with children or couples looking for something to do on the weekends during the summer. It’s also an especially great activity for Scout groups and school groups, as it takes only a visit to five locations for the kids to earn a commemorative Heritage Passport patch. If you’re ambitious, you can do 10 of the stops to be entered in a drawing for one of five grand-prize baskets! In 2020, you can complete the passport between May 8th and October 11th. Passports can be picked up in early May at the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, located at 121 Papermill Road in Bloomsburg, or at any of the participating stops throughout the duration of the summer.

known flying legends. The aircraft are often flown on weekends with good weather to the absolute delight of museum visitors. Right next door, the Eagles Mere Auto Museum contains more than 75 vintage vehicles in pristine condition dating from the 1950s and 1960s. Chevelles, Corvettes, Camaros, Thunderbirds, and even a classic Buick Roadmaster are all on display in this stunning showcase of the golden age of automobile manufacturing. Both museums also have historic memorabilia such as toys, signs, posters and pictures.

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Leave time after your visit to the museums for Eagles Mere’s shopping and restaurants. The quaint village was a mountain retreat for Philadelphia & New York City elite in the 1800s, and many of the cottages and other buildings are still in use today. If you’d like your kids to know what it was like to live in a world without TV, cell phones and video games, be sure to make the Barton House at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds one of the stops on your Passport. It’s located on the original part of the Fairgrounds and dates from the mid-1850s. You’ll find a one-room schoolhouse among the historic buildings. Each year, the Heritage Passport program kicks off at the Barton House during the “History Comes Alive” event at the Fairgrounds, which features a weekend full of Civil War history, reenactments, and demonstrations. And if you visit during Fair Week in September, you’ll find members of the Quilters in Bloom group hard at work on a hand-stitched quilt.

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