The town of Columbia is located in Tolland County, in the central-east part of Connecticut. Originally a part of Lebanon known as Lebanon's Crank, it was incorporated as a separate town in 1804. Due to its location near the Hop River, the town’s commerce grew hugely. During the 19th century, Columbia was home to numerous grist and paper mills, hats and baseball factories. Later, the river's power was not enough, so local entrepreneurs created Columbia Lake to fuel their enterprises. Today, the Lake’s beach is a famous recreational spot in summer, offering visitors kayaking, sailing and boating.