Visitors to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area can follow the 2019 Summer Heritage Passport trail for a journey through the history, culture, and stories of Columbia & Montour Counties and beyond. Each of the 14 historical attractions and heritage organizations offers a unique experience, from the Knoebels Carousel Museum to the Pioneer Tunnel’s tour of an anthracite coal mine.
Several Heritage Passport sites are in Bloomsburg, PA, near The Inn, Farmhouse, and Brewing Co. at Turkey Hill. All the others are from 15 minutes to an hour’s drive away from our hotel. Additional attractions and museums on the Heritage Passport include Bill’s Old Bike Barn, the International Harvester Collectors Museum, Catawissa Quaker Meeting House, Boyd House, Montgomery House, Mooresburg School, and three Eagles Mere museums.
Passport holders visiting a location will receive a sticker to place in their passport. When they have completed at least 5 of the 14 stops, they will be awarded a limited edition embroidered commemorative patch. Passport holders who visit at least 10 of the 14 locations by October 12, 2019, will be entered to win one of five prize baskets. The Grand Prize will feature gift cards to area restaurants. Four additional runner-up prizes will include area gift cards, historical regional books, and items from several of the passport stops.
All attractions will be open during their normal hours. Many are open most or all days of the week, but a few are open only on weekends, or on Sundays. Many offer free admission; some charge small admission fees. One location, the Pioneer Tunnel, charges $18 for the combined tour of the mine and train ride.
In addition to the Summer Heritage Passport trail, a variety of Heritage Events are planned throughout the summer and early fall. These include:
- June 1, 2019: Celebrate Historic Berwick, Berwick, PA
- June 7-9, 2019: Bill’s 80th Birthday Bash at Bill’s Old Bike Barn, Bloomsburg, PA
- June 9, 2019: 39th Annual Strawberry Festival at the Historic Warrior Run Church, Watsontown, PA
- July 19 – 21, 2019: Danville Heritage Festival, Danville, PA
- July 20 – 21, 2019: World War II Weekend, Berwick, PA
- August 17, 2019: Pioneer Day 2019, Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, Ashland, PA
- September 21-28, 2019: Barton House and School at Bloomsburg Fairgrounds open during Bloomsburg Fair Week
- October 5-6, 2019: Warrior Run – Fort Freeland Heritage Days, Historic Warrior Run Church, Watsontown, PA
To learn more about the 2019 Summer Heritage Passport and Summer Heritage Events:
Download a brochure with detailed information about each event, Passport locations, and additional heritage sites in the region. The Inn has featured some of these attractions and events in past blogs.
Our historic surroundings here at the Inn, Farmhouse, and Brewing Co. at Turkey Hill are the perfect “home base” while you explore our many historical tourist attractions and events. Enjoy the personal hospitality of an inn combined with the 21st century amenities of a hotel, all within our historic setting. To reserve your room at the Inn to follow the Summer Heritage Passport trail, or for any other summer vacation plans in the Bloomsburg area, just go online or give us a call at (570) 387-1500.
Images courtesy of Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau