Register now to discover the Susquehanna’s past at PPL’s Brunner Island

Did you ever wonder what the Susquehanna River and surrounding towns looked like 100 years ago? Join us for a trip down memory lane as we explore historical postcards of the Susquehanna River from Columbia to York Haven from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at PPL’s Brunner Island Environmental Preserve.

The talk will include interesting information about Columbia and the Pennsylvania Railroad, Chickies Rock and the iron furnaces that once operated between Columbia and Marietta. We will also see the Accomac and Wildcat Falls area in York County as well as the ferry boats and hotels near this summer vacation spot. The talk will end with details about Bainbridge and the York Haven hydroelectric plant.

The talk will be presented by Mark Arbogast, a retired PPL land manager who worked at the Holtwood and Brunner Island power plants. This free program will be held at the Brunner Island power plant, Main Conference Room. Use Gate A off of Wago Road, York Haven 17370. For directions, please visit, click on “Brunner Island” then select “Directions.” Please bring a photo ID, and check in at the security gate.

Registration is required and space is limited to 50 people. For more information or to register, contact Karen Ament at 717-284-6274 or


  1. Dolores said,

    January 19, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Hello Mark, will you be doing this again this year? I just moved here to East York and want to learn more about the area and local water cleanups. determined to learn how to fish this year. Found you while looking for the John Rudy Park for running my dog once in a while… she is a retired herding dog. Looking foward to hear from you so that I can plan my days off for the year. Nice info and story.

    Later, Dolores

    • PPL Preserves said,

      February 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Dolores,

      PPL Preserves offers many programs throughout the year. If you would like to receive notification as soon as new programs are available, sign up for our e-newsletter at Let us know which preserve(s) information you would like to receive.


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