Historic treasure of the month

Published 3:12 pm Tuesday, October 26, 2010

In earlier times, neither dangling chads nor computer hackers plagued Tryon City* residents when they voted in elections. John Lockhart of Tryon City constructed this sturdy wooden ballot box with a heavy metal hasp and lock for security. Voters marked paper ballots, folded them, and then pushed them through the slot in the top of the box. Visit the museum to see a special exhibit of historical election campaign material, in addition to this ballot box. The museum is located at 60 Walker St, in Columbus. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*The present Town of Tryon was known as Tryon City from 1878 to 1891. (photo submitted)