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

2024 Programs

July | Living History 

2024 Encampment Returns! 


Living Historians Interpreting the Lewis & Clark Expedition!



Saturday, July 13

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday July 14

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Demonstrations May Include:


* Handling flintlock firearms

* Fire starting with flint and steel

* Camp cooking

* Making clothing from leather

* Making canoe paddles


Quarantine Hospital Museum Open

  1-4 p.m.

During Event

November | The North Shore


Click Picture Above for Virtual "Horriable Day"  Video


Museum Open House


November 10

1 - 4 p.m.



"O! How Horriable is the Day"


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


Join us for

"Hot Cider & History"


Remember the determination that brought the Lewis & Clark Expedition all the way to the Pacific.



U.S. Veterans

May | Historic Preservation Month


Pacific County's Museum Month


Open House



May 26th

1 - 4 PM




2:00 Program


'Genteel Art of Privy Digging'


Come see what was unearthed during a recent upgrade project and learn the importance of keeping your privy clean!



*Family Friendly

*Free Admission

*In Partnership with Pacific County's Museum Month




Public Health Service history at Knappton Cove!



Knappton Cove's 2021 Mini Docuseries!

August, 1950's at Knappton Cove

Read about the Fisherwomen at Knappton Cove Camp in the 1950's on our new blog!

Stop by to see our new Viewing Deck and Interpretive Sign!


Thanks to the countless hours put in by Board Members and funded by many donations.

Knappton Cove Heritage Center

Welcomes You

History where it happened!


The Columbia River's "Ellis Island"

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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