Zimmerman Center for Heritage gets visitor contact station

Alyssa Jackson
  • The Chesapeake National Historic Trail's first visitor contact station will be unveiled on Saturday
  • The unveiling will come on the National Parks Service's 100th anniversary

This Chesapeake National Historic Trail's first visitor contact station will open Saturday at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage in Wrightsville.

The Susquehanna River is shown looking north from Safe Harbor Dam.

A ceremony will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front lawn of the center, located at 1706 Long Level Road. The celebration will include a birthday cake for the National Parks Service, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and feature keynote speakers Chuck Hunt, superintendent of the National Park Service at Chesapeake Bay, and Cindy Dunn, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources.

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail was designated as a historic trail by Congress in 2006 and was expanded in 2012 to include the Susquehanna River. The trail is based on Captain John Smith's explorations of Chesapeake Bay in 1608, according to a news release.

From the Zimmerman Center for Heritage, visitors are able to canoe and kayak on the river or hike into Native Lands County Park to learn about the Susquehannock Indians and see landscapes.

The new visitor contact station will serve as a place to learn about the trail and its history. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Inside of the visitor contact station will be Susquehannock artifacts and the Visions of the Susquehanna River art collection.

Those attending the event on Saturday can park at Klines Run Park on Long Level Road. There will be a free shuttle bus from the parking area to the celebration at the Zimmerman Center.