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Civil War Trail Marker at Green River Plantation
"Late in April 1865, Green River Plantation received uninvited guests: a detachment of U.S. cavalrymen, likely part of Col. William J. Palmer's brigade of Stoneman's raiders. Hungry men and horses in need of forage filled the yard..."
Civil War Trail Marker at Polk County Courthouse
The Polk County Courthouse is listed on the National Historic Register. It is a majestic, brick building in the Greek Revivalist style, located in the heart of downtown Columbus. The Courthouse was built between 1857 and 1859 and has been in continuous use since that time.
Doughboy Statue
The Doughboy statue was built to honor the men who fought and died in WW I. It is constructed of local materials and built facing the mountains. The young man is leaning on a white oak stump. He is a constant and assuring sentinel standing in the middle of downtown Columbus.
Downtown Columbus
Downtown Columbus is host to many events throughout the year. The one-block downtown features local businesses, an antique shop and several restaurants. Scenic drives abound around Columbus, whether you drive along the base of White Oak Mountain, or take the winding road 1,000+ feet to the top for
Downtown Tryon
Downtown Tryon is host to many events throughout the year. The local equestrian community began with the help of Carter Brown, who organized the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club and the first Blockhouse Steeplechase in the 1940s.
Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross
Holy Cross Episcopal Church is a diverse, faithful, loving congregation of people from all over the world and from every walk of life. We seek to serve our Lord Jesus Christ in worship, service to one another, and in witness to our community.
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
A beautiful and stately structure located in historic Saluda and built in 1892, the church has original furnishings and stained glass windows. Come and see what makes this one of the County's prized historical sites.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, originally named St. Andrews Chapel, has a rich history that dates back over 100 years. The current building was built by Mary Mills Coxe on the Green River Plantation in 1906.
Green Creek Family Life Center
Also, known as the Green Creek Community Center. A place for family and community. Provides a park, banquet hall, Sheriff's sub-station, senior meeting place, recreational facility and Red Cross shelter for Green Creek and surrounding communities.
Green River Plantation
A magnificent, nineteenth-century, forty-two-room mansion resting on 366 acres. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This stately home was built in 1804 and has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur.
Historic Thompsons Store and Wards Grill
This old timey family grocery store has expanded its famous full-service meat market, added a delicious deli section along with new selections of wine, beer and cheese, all to compliment the traditional fresh produce and staple food sections.
Holy Cross Episcopal Church
Visit the beautiful stonework and fine stained glass windows of the The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross. The first church building was erected in 1884. Numerous other structures were erected or modified during the church's history.
House of Flags Museum - Where Patriotism Lives
The House of Flags Museum is truly a place "Where Patriotism Lives!" Come see why. We are dedicated to the display of flags of our country giving each one its proper place in history.
Howard Monument
The Howard Monument is a prominent stone structure standing at the southeast corner of Stearns Park in downtown Columbus. It is visible to passers-by from Hwy 108. The monument was constructed in 1909 by the Tryon Council to honor Thomas Howard, a local hero of the Revolutionary War.
Jazz Singer Nina Simones Birthplace
Eunice Kathleen Waymon was born in this house on February 21, 1933. She grew up to become Nina Simone, who introduced the world to a unique musical infusion of pop, gospel, classical, jazz, folk and ballads, that she called "Black Classical Music."
Lanier Library
Established in the winter of 1889, The Lanier Library is the oldest institution in Polk County and one of only sixteen membership libraries in the United States.
Log Cabin Slave Quarters
Circa 1740, building moved and reconstructed next to Seven Hearths on Harmon Field Rd. The building is privately owned but can be seen from the road.
Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center
The Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center serves as a resource center for agricultural development, farmland preservation, education, community service and business development. The center is housed in a large, beautifully restored brick building located at important cross roads in the county
Morris the Horse
Morris the Horse, a well loved landmark standing on the corner of Trade and Pacolet Streets, has proudly represented Tryon since 1928. He is a symbol of the community's love of horses and a replica of an era gone by when wooden toy horses were made in Tryon and shipped all over the country.
Nina Simone Plaza
The Eunice Waymon—Nina Simone Memorial Project (NSP) exists to honor the remarkable life and legacy of a native Tryon, North Carolina daughter, who achieved international recognition for her unique talent and her formidable contribution to the musical arts.
Overmountain Vineyards and Winery
Nestled in the Tryon Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on over 10 acres of land, and a Certified Protected Segment of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, Overmountain Vineyards beckons you to come and enjoy an experience that is like no other.
Polk County Courthouse
If you need information related to fines or court dates, call the Clerk of Court at 828-894-8231. The courthouse is still in use and is one of the oldest in the state.
Polk County History Museum
Come see this fine collection of historic artifacts that tell the story of Polk County.
PolkFresh Farm Store
Visit the PolkFresh Farm Store at the Old Mill Spring School, now officially known as the Mill Spring Ag Center and enjoy shopping for locally grown produce, farm products and hand-crafts.
Saluda Historic Depot
A high point for history in a getaway town of art, shopping, music, food, falls,and mountains.
Sears House - 1894
C. A. Hughes ordered a kit from the Sears catalog and built this house in 1894. Original in every detail, the house is located on N. Peak Street in Columbus. It is privately owned, but can be viewed from the road.
Seven Hearths
Built in 1740, in what is now known as Mill Springs it is said to have been the first clapboard house in the county. In 1934, when it was in a state of total disrepair, Dorothy and Arthur Brintnall, antique dealers from Chicago, decided it could be reclaimed and restored.
Sidney Lanier House
Sidney Lanier was best known in the south for such poems as "The Marshes of Glynn," "Song of the Chattahoochee," and "Song of the Future."
Stearns Park
Stearns Park is located in the heart of downtown Columbus with a breathtaking view of the mountains on one side and the Historic Polk County Courthouse on the other. There is lots of room for the kids to run and play, with a gazebo, walking track and picnic area as well.
The Tryon Toy-Makers House
Tryon Toy-Makers and Wood-Carvers operated in Tryon from 1915 to 1940. The company focused on two operations: the toy makers created small, painted wooden figurines based on classic nursery rhymes, while the carvers created mantles, furniture, church altars and other specialized wooden pieces.
Tryon Cemetary
The Tryon Cemetery is the final resting place of some of Tryon's earliest residents. It is located off Markham Road in the Eastside Community. The cemetery is a well-maintained part of our history dating back to the early 1700s.
Tryon Depot Plaza
A gathering place in downtown Tryon for outdoor events.
Tryon Historical Museum
The Tryon Historical Museum is an anchor for that history. A place where it can be preserved, protected, and introduced to locals and visitors alike.This is Tryon's story, told by its people. We welcome you to it.
Tryon Movie Theatre
Opened in the early 1930's the Tryon Theatre has continued to serve the Tryon-Landrum-Columbus area with first run movies on a weekly basis. Showtimes are on Wednesday through Saturday and the second and fourth Mondays and Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3:00 PM.
Veterans Park
Beautiful small park with fountain and memorial to Polk County war veterans. Picnic tables, water tap. This is the site of the Columbus Summer Concert series and other special events. Located on the corner of Gibson and Ward St.
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