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January 7 @ 2:30 pm
CELEBRATE POLK COUNTY’S ANNIVERSARY AT PCHA’s JANUARY 7th PROGRAM
The Polk County Historical Association is celebrating a milestone in Polk County’s history. On Monday, January 20th the county will turn 165 years old. Come learn about the formation of Polk County which was carved out of the wilderness during a special presentation on Tuesday, January 7th. The program begins at 2:30pm inside the Polk County Historical Museum.
Originally created in 1847, Polk County was in turmoil because the citizens could not agree on where to locate the county seat. So in 1849 Polk County was abolished. Then in 1855 Polk County was recreated from portions of Henderson and Rutherford Counties. This unusual fact may cause Polk County to have the distinction of being the only North Carolina county that was created, abolished and recreated a second time.
PCHA’s January program will help answer many questions about our county. Who is Polk County named for? Where did the town of Schuywicker go? How did the location of the present county seat of Columbus come about? How did Columbus get its name?
What individuals played key roles in the early days of the county? Who was Marvil Mills, William Jones, Pulaski Williams, Columbus Mills, John W Hampton and Chesterfield McKinney? Take part in the January 7th presentation and learn more.
The January program will be held inside the Polk County Historical Museum located at 60 Walker Street in downtown Columbus. The public is invited and as always there is no charge to attend.
Photo Caption: Polk County’s first jail was constructed by the same builders of the 1859 historic courthouse. Come learn more about the early days of our county’s formation.