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Columbia Historic Preservation Society











           Ghosts of Columbia Walking Tour
Spend a fun and educational evening as we walk the streets of historic Columbia, Pennsylvania.

Hear the history, hauntings and legends that make Columbia one the most haunted river towns along the Susquehanna river.  a ghost that turned off the lights, sound of footsteps from a ghostly couple and more.

Then visit two notorious haunted locations in Lancaster County. The Columbia Historic Preservation Society where you take a breather, unless you get visited while there. The Historic Columbia Market House will give you chills while visiting the dungeons from 1834 that are protected by the inmates they sheltered.                                                 An unforgettable evening of thrills and chills!

Tour will start promptly at 7:00 PM and lasts about two and a half hours.
Where: Tour departs from the Columbia Historic Preservation Society located at :   19 North Second Street,  Columbia, PA 17512 


Hosted by Rick Fisher (L) and Chris Vera (R)

The 3rd annual Albatwitch Festival will be held October 8, 2016 in the 200 block of Locust Street downtown Columbia, Pa. 17512. Live music,  vendors, lectures on the unexplained, and contests. This is a free event and all proceeds benefit the Columbia Historic Preservation Society. Hope to see you there this year.

List of Vendors click here


Sold out last year quickly, so reserve your tickets

         Call Chris at 717-572-7149 or Rick at 717-341-7574 to reserve.

Classic cars on the darker side will be on display with members from the Mohnton Professional Car Club and other antique cars. Also the infamous "Field of Screams" hearse seen in many local parades.

Come check out these cool hearses that you will eventually ride in!

Meet your last    Chauffeur! 

2014 festival photos


The Columbia Market House Dungeon Tour 

The Columbia Market House is probably is the town’s most haunted place in town. The market itself is said to be frequented by a little blonde girl named Katie Durberow, whose family owned a chocolate company across the street. Katie is a benign spirit: People at market have reported feeling a child’s hand holding theirs and the sound of jacks being played. Below ground, however, lies the “dungeon” – and its ghosts are not kind. The spirit of a hulking man dubbed “Big John” often is reported, as are screams and cries of “get out.” The tension in the air is so thick that Chris refuses to enter unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Would you like to venture to the depths of anger, remorse and sorrow during the Albatwitch Festival. Join Chris Vera on tour this Saturday, September 26 and learn of his historical and personal memories of this 1834 jail in Lancaster County.

Tours start promptly at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1: 00 PM
Tours last for 30-45 min.
Cost is $3.00 per person 
Proceeds benefit the Columbia Historic Market House, Columbia Historic Preservation Society 

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Columbia Historic Preservation Society