A Small Town with a Big History
Columbia, formerly Wright's Ferry, is a charming Lancaster County town on the East bank of the Susquehanna River. The settlement was founded in 1726 by Colonial English Quakers from Chester County led by entrepreneur and evangelist John Wright. Establishment of the Wright's Ferry, the first commercial Susquehanna crossing in the region, inflamed territorial conflict with neighboring Maryland but brought growth and prosperity to the small town, which was briefly considered as a candidate for the new United States' capital. Though besieged for a short while by Civil War destruction, Columbia remained a lively center of transport and industry throughout the 19th century, once serving as a terminal of the Pennsylvania Canal.
Today, Columbia is enjoying a revival. The borough boasts great antiquing, galleries, museums, restaurants, specialty shops and a recently completed section of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail. The stunning views of the Susquehanna River are not to be missed!