The Watch and Clock Museum and More Columbia, PA Attractions

The National Watch and Clock Museum is one of the most well-known attractions in Columbia, a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. BBOnline recommends a visit to the many attractions that can be found in Columbia. 

National Watch and Clock Museum
514 Poplar Street
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512
(717) 684-8261
www.nawcc.org

The museum first opened in 1977 with only about 1,000 items, and it's now grown to more than 12,000 items. This exhibit is considered the largest and most complete horological collection in the US. The collection includes American clocks and watches dating back to the 1800s. There are timekeeping pieces from Europe and Asia. The museum exhibits range from old non-mechanical devices to today's atomic clocks. The library houses more than 30,000 materials about time and safekeeping.

First National Bank Museum
170 Locust Street
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512
(717) 684-8864
www.bankmuseum.org

Other than the Watch and Clock Museum, the First National Bank Museum is another attraction that should bring you out of your Columbia Bed and Breakfast. The Bank Museum was opened in 1967. The structure was built in 1814 as a three-story Federal style townhouse which later became the First National Bank of Columbia. The guided tour gives you an interesting view of a 19th century bank with a very well-preserved structure, and furnishings such as the walnut teller cages and the walk-in vault.

Wright's Ferry Mansion
38 South Second Street
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512
(717) 684-4325

The Wright's Ferry Mansion was the home of Susannah Wright, who was born in England to Quaker parents and later immigrated with her family. Susannah's father, John Wright, operated a ferry across the Susquehanna River, which was the origin of the name Wright's Ferry (now Columbia). A tour of the house shows you 18th century Pennsylvania life. An upstairs room showcases the different interests of Susannah Wright such as law, medicine, raising silk worms and growing medicinal herbs. The mansion is open from May through October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Columbia Historic Market House
308 Locust Street
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512
(717) 684-5767

One of the oldest houses in Lancaster County, The Columbia Historic Market House is the place to go when you need to buy fresh fruits to take with you to your Columbia Inn. The structure itself is a blend of the Federal style and Greek revival style of architecture. You can go shopping on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Susquehanna Glass Factory

731 Avenue H
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512
(717) 684-2155
www.theglassfactory.com

After the Watch and Clock Museum, go to the Susquehanna Glass Factory. You can go on a free tour of the 100-year-old original factory and see how craftsmen do the traditional glassblowing and glass hand cutting. See the modern methods of how the glass items can be personalized and decorated through silkscreening, lasering, engraving and deep sand blast etching. After the tour, you can buy or order glass items and you can have them personalized with 14k gold accents.