The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Columbus

(Including nearby Mill Spring)

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Columbus, North Carolina

Columbus NC is the Polk County seat where the government offices and the historic 1857 Polk County Courthouse are located. The beautiful  courthouse building is one of the oldest still in use in North Carolina and has been fully restored to its original grandeur. Of historical interest is the ancient slave block that still remains on the courthouse lawn as a daily reminder of that terrible period of American history.
    Dr. Columbus Mills, for whom the town was named, has been called the "Father of Polk County". It was largely through his efforts as a state senator that Polk County was established by sectioning off parts of Rutherford and Henderson Counties, deliberately carved from 100 acres of  wilderness on what was then known as Foster Race path in the shadow of Fosters Mountain, known today as Chocolate Drop.
   Columbus has all the charm of a small mountain city, and is home to two great festivals, the Fabulous 4th  in July and the Columbus Day Farm Festival in October, and the Howard Monument- (a landmark in the County for over 100 years) and The Doughboy statue.  Originally laid out with a church at each corner of the main streets, only two of these are in their original locations today -the Columbus Baptist Church and the Columbus Presbyterian Church.

 

Resources
City Website:
 Columbus:  Town Hall, 95 Walker Street, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-8236
Location:
Foothills, 45 minutes south of Asheville
County: Polk County
: County Offices, 40 Courthouse Street, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-3301
Elevation & Population:
1,131 feet, 1,000+
Visitor/Welcome Center: Polk County Travel & Tourism
20 East Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722; 800-440-7848
County Chamber of Commerce:
Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce  2753 Lynn Road, Suite A, Tryon NC 28782; 828-859-6236
Newspaper: Tryon Daily Bulletin 16 North Trade Street, Tryon NC 28782; 828-859-9151 and  Polk County News Journal PO Box 576, Columbus NC 28722; 864-457-3337
Movie Theatres: (Nearest) Tryon Theatre, 45 South Trade Street, Tryon NC 28782; 828-859-6811
High School: Polk County High School, 1681 East NC Highway 108, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-2525
Colleges and Universities:
(Nearest) Isothermal Community College, 1255 West Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-3092
Hospitals: St. Luke's Hospital
, 101 Hospital Drive, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-3311
Area Major Festivals:  Fabulous 4th (July), Columbus Day Farm Festival (October)
Area Natural Attractions: Pisgah National Forest
Area Cultural Attractions:  
Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), Polk County Courthouse Polk County Historical Museum,
Tryon Fine Arts Center House of Flags
Wineries:
Green Creek Winery


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Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Casual & Family Dining
Calvert's Kitchen: (Family-American) 306 East Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-0268

Overseas & Exotic
Cocula Mexican Grille: (Mexican) 338 West Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-2099
El Sureno: (Mexican) 205 East Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-6004
Giardini: (Italian) 2411 Highway 108 East, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-0341
Joy Wok II Chinese Restaurant: (Chinese) 155 West Mills Street, Suite 102, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-5566
Larkin's Carolina Grill: (Grill) 115 West Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-8800
Mountain View Barbeque & Deli: (BBQ, Deli) 829 West Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-7060


Cafes & Grills
Elmo's Too Pub and Grill: (Grill) 201 East Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-2007
Granny Boop's and Pop Pop's Cafe: (Cafe) 1550 Highway 108, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-3757

Pizza
Brick Pizzeria & Cafe: (Pizza) 311 East Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-2229

Coffeehouses
Scoops N More: (Coffee, Ice Cream) 406 East Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-2363


Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Bed & Breakfasts
Butterfly Creek: (B&B) 780 Smith Dairy Road, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-6393
Green River Vineyard Bed & Breakfast: (B&B) 3043 John Watson Road, Green Creek NC 28139; 828-863-4705


Motels
Days Inn: (Motel) 626 West Mills Street, Columbus NC 28722; 800-325-2525

Campgrounds
Hitching Post Campground: (Campground) 620 Girl Scout Camp Road, Mill Spring NC 28756; 828-625-1138
Silver Creek Campground: (Campground) 3111 Silver Creek Road, Mill Spring NC 28756; 800-510-1603
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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