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

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.

Examples of Our Programs

Living History 

2021 Encampment Returns! 


Living Historians Interpreting the Lewis & Clark Expedition!



Saturday, July 10

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday July 11

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Demonstrations Include:


* Handling flintlock firearms

* Fire starting with flint and steel

* Camp cooking

* Making clothing from leather

* Making canoe paddles


Quarantine Hospital Museum Open at Limited Capacity from 1-4 p.m. During Event

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

History where it happened!


The Columbia River's "Ellis Island"

Contact Us Today!

Nancy Anderson, Director




Land Line: 1-503-738-5206


Open by Appointment

Please Email for Availability


Typically Available:

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.
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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