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

2024 Season Schedule

Open Summer Saturdays 2024 ~ July & August

We are happy to welcome visitors free of charge on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. during July & August.


COVID Precautions: While we are no longer requiring masks inside the museum, face masks are welcome and remain an important preventive measure against COVID-19. Anyone needing or choosing to wear one is encouraged to do so.

Special Events

Open House | Sunday | May 26 | 1-4 pm


'The Genteel Art of Privy Digging'

2 pm Program



Saturday July 13 | 10-4

Sunday July 14|10-3


Living History Encampment

Annual Meeting | Saturday 2 pm


Interact with the Pacific NW Living Historians as they interpret topics from the Lewis & Clark Expedition. And, while you're learning something new about life in 1805, sip some lemonade and hear about what's new at Knappton Cove.

OPEN HOUSE | 1-4 pm


Citizenship & Constitution Day

Tuesday, September 17


"Horriable Day" & Veterans Day

Sunday, November 10



1912 USPHS Quarantine Hospital


Where History Happened!


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Pictures below from Past Programs




Contact Us Today!

Nancy Anderson &

Heather Henry, Directors




Free Admission During

Regular Open Hours--2024

Saturday Afternoons

July and August

1-4 pm

Guided Tour @ 2 pm


Please Email for Appointment Availability Outside of

Regular Hours

$5/person | $25 Minimum




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.
Listen to a longer discussion of the book and history of the Public Health Service at Knappton Cove with Sean from PHS Proud.

New Book!

     Board Member Friedrich E. Schuler has a new book out, Pestered by Plague: The U. S. Public Health Service Station in Astoria, OR and Knappton Cove, WA, from Cannery to Quarantine Station 1899-1901. It explores how the Plague scare in 1899 hastened the opening of the Columbia River Quarantine Station. Hear an excerpt from the book at our Open House on May 20.

By Board Member Friedrich E. Schuler, Professor of History at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Read his interview in the PSU News!

A Shield for the Columbia Book Cover

A Shield for the Columbia offers the stories behind the founding of the quarantine station of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) at Knappton Cove, Washington and Astoria, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River. It is a compelling account of unlikely political and economic alliances featuring the United States Marine Hospital Service (USMHS), transpacific shipping lines, Astoria's business community, and members of the U.S. Congress.

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