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

Lewis & Clark Living Historians

     We are pleased to partner with the Pacific NW Lewis & Clark Living Historians and have annually paid tribute to the Corps of Discovery. We've moved the 2-Day encampment from November to the patriotic month of July for higher visibility.  The summertime allows more visitors to interact with our costumed interpreters. See Season Schedule for details.


     In years past we have served "Hot cider and History" alongside the Living History Encampment at our 'November on the North Shore' Open House. Often, Mother Nature delivers 'Horriable' weather indeed. We've experienced thunder, lightning and torrential rain through the years. One intrepid visitor even arrived from Astoria in his kayak in the true spirit of the Corps of Discovery!

Highlights from Past Years

2019 Encampment Crew!


Take a look at some of the things the Corps packed for the long journey to the Pacific Ocean.

2018 Encampment With Special Guest, Rocky the Newfie

Encampment ~ July 2016

Mr. Orthman represents Pvt. Joseph Whitehouse from the Expedition, 2016.

A Medic asks if he could pull a tooth out for me?! ~ 2016

Four interpreters from the Pacific NW Living Historians and a 'Newfie' dog - always a big hit - set up camp and interacted with quests.

Once again, David Manuel's beautifully detailed Lewis & Clark sculpture was displayed - thanks to Sally Stadelman and Pat Quinn.

Thank you one and all for making our "HORRIABLE" day just wonderful!

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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