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Polk County History Museum hosts first ‘Night at the Museum’

Several figures from Polk County’s storied past sprung back to life Thursday, as the Polk County History Museum hosted its first “Night at the Museum” event. Visitors who stopped by the Columbus museum that evening were greeted by some of the men and women who have shaped the area’s history, portrayed by museum staff and others in the community. (Submitted photos)

Alan Leonard (left), portraying his ancestor Aldolphus Thompson, a soldier in 16th North Carolina Infantry who fought during the Civil War; and Ambrose Mills, portraying his ancestor, Columbus Mills, the father of Polk County and owner of the Mimosa Inn.

James Metcalf, portraying railroad engineer Pitt Ballew, who came up with the safety tracks in Saluda.

Frances McCain, portraying Bettie Sims, a moonshiner from Polk County.