2022 Summer Heritage Passport

The Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau (CMVB) is pleased to announce the return of the annual Summer Heritage Passport for 2022.  This year's passport trail will be digital, and will take participants on a journey through the history, culture, and stories of Columbia & Montour Counties and beyond.

The 2022 Summer Heritage Passport started Monday, May 30th and runs through Monday, September 5th.  At each of the stops, passport holders will use their mobile device to check in, indicating their attendance at that location.

If you visit at least 3 stops this year, you’ll receive a commemorative embroidered patch, sent in the mail. If you visit at least 12 stops, you’ll be entered to win one of several amazing grand prize bundles filled with regional gift cards and local goodies. Visit at least 16 of the locations, and you’ll receive a double entry for the grand prizes.

Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine in Ashland, PA.

Hit at least 3 stops on the trail to receive this commemorative patch.

Each of the twenty participating locations holds a unique experience for visitors. The majority of the stops on the summer passport can be found in either Columbia or Montour Counties, but Ashland’s Pioneer Tunnel in Schuylkill County and the three Eagles Mere museums (Eagles Mere Museum, Eagles Mere Auto Museum, and Eagles Mere Air Museum) in Sullivan County are also included.

There is no cost to sign up for the passport, but admission fees may apply at some of the locations. All locations will be open during their normal posted hours. Please call or visit individual websites for complete hours of operation.

To sign up for this year's passport, click the purple "Sign Up" button in the window below! Please note - we recommend filling out separate "orders" for each person in your family who has a smartphone so that each person can check in individually for a chance to win. Two of the six prize baskets will be geared toward youth, so if you are embarking upon the passport program with children or grandchildren, we encourage you to submit them for consideration. One of the questions during sign-up will ascertain if the pass will be for a youth under 18.

Example of adult prize basket for 2022 Summer Heritage Passport.

Example of youth prize basket for 2022 Summer Heritage Passport.

Regional Heritage & History

The rich history of Columbia & Montour counties is filled with stories that span generations. From the first settlers and local Native American tribes to the golden days of industry and the onward march of community progress, the memories contained within our counties have helped shape the region into the cultural gem that it is today.

The river towns of Danville, Bloomsburg, and Berwick all contain Historical Societies that exist to preserve the area’s important past for future generations. History lovers will delight in spending a day browsing the extensive and educational collections of historical documents, records, and files. Other visitors will seek to trace genealogies, read up on archived newspaper articles, or study old photos. Several area museums and historical homes provide insight into early life in the counties, and make for a great rainy day activity. Intrepid visitors in search of a history lesson might spend a day or weekend traversing the back roads in hopes of discovering some of the county’s historical treasures for themselves.

At 444 miles, the mighty Susquehanna is one of the longest rivers on the east coast. It derives its name from one of the area’s early Native American inhabitants – the warlike Susquehannock tribe. The Susquehanna River is also one of the oldest rivers in the world. Its origins trace back over 300 million years to the Paleozoic Era – pre-dating even the Appalachian Mountain range. The North Branch of the river flows directly through both Columbia & Montour counties. The Susquehanna River plays an important role in the past, present, and future of our counties, and provides countless recreation opportunities for visitors.

photo courtesy of the Berwick Historical Society

Danville’s heritage includes a documented role in the westward expansion of America and indelible ties to the growth of the railroad industry. For more than a century, the town of Bloomsburg has held the distinction of being the only incorporated town in Pennsylvania. In the heart of the Fishing Creek Valley, Benton’s past is deeply rooted in rural successes. One of the first settlers in the area built up an iconic whiskey brand, and lumber and tanning industries drove community growth during the mid-1800s. Berwick’s story centers around its reputation in industry, most notably the production of over 15,000 tanks at the American Car and Foundry for the World War II effort.

For more information and in-depth stories about the main towns in Columbia & Montour counties, visit our individual Benton Area, Berwick Area, Bloomsburg Area, and Danville Area pages.

We are excited to be able to share our counties’ stories, and look forward to helping you explore our local history! Stop at our Welcome Center to get your journey started. Be sure to pick up our historical town walking tour brochures and our classic covered bridge driving tour.

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