Dorsey’s Search RideAbout highlights village’s beauty and history on May 21

April 19, 2016

Mark your calendars for the Dorsey’s Search RideAbout — a short, family-friendly bicycle ride on Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Sarah Begley, 4, of Columbia, checks the bike tires before riding with her dad Shawn and brother Noah. Photos at the 2012 Columbia Bike About, September 15.

The Dorsey’s Search RideAbout is approximately three miles; riders will start at Dorsey Hall Pool and roll along a beautiful trail that hugs the Little Patuxent River. This bike ride will offer the chance to learn more about the history of the land and the Dorsey Hall manor house built in the early 1700s. It is sponsored by Columbia Association’s (CA) Columbia Archives and the Dorsey’s Search Community Association. Pre-registration is encouraged at DorseysSearchRideAbout.EventBrite.com. For more information, email ColumbiaArchives@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-715-6781.

This event was developed to offer a shorter ride for younger and less-experienced riders who would enjoy exploring Columbia’s paths with the benefit of a marked route similar to CA’s popular annual Columbia BikeAbout, which averages between 12 and 15 miles. The 2016 BikeAbout is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17. While the natural topography of Columbia makes the open space so attractive, it can also provide for some difficult riding.

“We wanted to design an event that would be easier for young children and others who perhaps are just becoming interested in cycling,” said Barbara Kellner, director of Columbia Archives. “This event also allows people to explore Dorsey Hall, which has never been featured in a BikeAbout.”

Columbia Archives, which collects and preserves the history of Columbia, is located in CA Headquarters at 6310 Hillside Court, off Stevens Forest Road. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are encouraged. The collection covers the planning and development of Columbia as well as the extensive James Rouse Collection, which chronicles Rouse’s long career that influenced urban and suburban development in the United States and around the world. It is rich with correspondence, speeches, photographs and memorabilia. For more information, call 410-715-3103.

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