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

Examples of Our Programs

Living History 

2023 Encampment Returns! 


Living Historians Interpreting the Lewis & Clark Expedition!



Saturday, July 8

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday July 9

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 on the North Shore

Click Picture Above for Virtual "Horriable Day"  Video


Museum Open House

November 7

12 - 3 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.




'Quarantine' in the News!

US Public Health Service Exhibits

As we learn ways of fighting the Covid-19 virus, we continue to hear about Quarantine.


Read about a modern experience here:

"U.S. Quarantine Station Comforts a Modern-Day Patient"


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



Public Health Service history at Knappton Cove!

August, 1950's at Knappton Cove

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

Knappton Cove's 2021 Mini Docuseries!

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, Director




Land Line: 1-503-738-5206


Free Admission During

Regular Open Hours--2023

Saturday Afternoons

July and August

1-4 pm


Please Email for Appointment Availability Outside of

Regular Hours



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!

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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