Welcome, we’re glad you’re here!

Looking for something to do? We’ve got it.

Come celebrate with us at these annual events.

Take a walking tour of our historic downtown.

Learn more about what to see and do when you visit here.


Woodcarvers & Whittlers Festival

October 19 from 10am to 3 pm on the Courthouse lawn

The First Annual Woodcarvers & Whittler Festival was a grand success, even with the rain coming. The kids enjoyed corn hole contests, coloring bookmarks of Cole Lumbus and pumpkins.
The vendors were thrilled with sales and all want to come back next year – the committee sold out of Festival buttons by 11:00!
If you’d like to be included in the festival next year, send us your contact info.



The Town of Columbus was formed in 1855 as the County of Polk officially became a part of North Carolina.  The Town itself was officially incorporated on February 2, 1 857. See more of our interesting history tid-bits here.

1926 Ad for Columbus
View of the back of the courthouse from across the Veteran’s Park fountain. Photo courtesy of Sunshine S.
Cycle NC Mountain Ride Rest Stop
Polk County Public Library