Knappton Cove Heritage Center The Historic Columbia River Quarantine Station
Knappton Cove Heritage CenterThe Historic Columbia River Quarantine Station 

Knappton Cove Heritage Center

Examples of Our Programs

Living History 


Living Historians Interpreting the Lewis & Clark Expedition!


  During the weekend after the 4th of July, typically, you would see the 'Corps of Discovery' encamped on our front lawn. It's a great time for your family to step back in time and interact with costumed interpreters.


Demonstrations Include:


* Handling flintlock firearms

* Fire starting with flint and steel

* Camp cooking

* Making clothing from leather

* Making canoe paddles


November on the North Shore

Click Picture Above for Virtual "Horriable Day"  Video


Museum Open House



"O! How Horriable is the Day"


~ William Clark, 1805, remarking on the weather in his journal.



On the 1st Saturday in November we enjoy

"Hot Cider & History" celebrating the perserverance that brought the Lewis & Clark Expedition all the way to the Pacific.

'Quarantine' in the News!

US Public Health Service Exhibits


As we struggle to learn new ways of fighting the Covid-19 virus, we are hearing a lot about Quarantine. For the history of this practice in the lower Columbia River region, read these recent articles from our local media:


"Year of the Rat"

by Elleda Wilson for The Astorian


"This Nest of Dangers: Knappton Quarantine Station was our bulwark from contagion"

by Nancy Lloyd &

"Containing Contagion"

by Barbara Lloyd McMichael


We celebrate the history of the Public Health Service at Knappton Cove and hope you'll come visit...when it's safe to do so!

Knappton Cove Heritage Center

Welcomes You

Explore history where it happened!


The Columbia River's "Ellis Island"

Contact Us Today!

Nancy Anderson, Director

Phone: 1-503-738-5206




** Temporarily Closed** Until It's Safe to Open


Typically Open:

July-September Weekends

Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 pm



521 WA State Rte 401

(See 'How to Find Us' page for detailed information)



*Click links for

short video exhibit

Check out Nancy's interview on Coast Radio's ARTS - Live & Local with Carol Newman. She talks about Women's History in the Public Health Service at Knappton Cove. The interview starts about 5 minutes in to the podcast.
Read more details about the history of Knappton Cove in Nancy's Book, The Columbia River's "Ellis" Island. Available for purchase on Amazon--$5 of every book goes toward the preservation of this historic site.
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