Cole Lumbus honors Groundhog Day in Columbus

Published 3:57 pm Thursday, February 3, 2022

The Town of Columbus was formed in 1855 as the County of Polk officially became a part of North Carolina. The Town itself was officially incorporated on Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 1857.  Our Town’s adopted watchman “Cole Lumbus” a larger than life-sized wood spirit carved by Chris Carrol was relocated from the Green Creek community to the southeast corner of Stearns Park on July 9th 2015, as a Discover Columbus tourism project. 

According to rumors, if “Cole Lumbus” sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. The Discover Columbus Team was with Cole at sunrise on February 2nd to see if he saw his shadow. Well, the verdict is in: Cole Lumbus did NOT see his shadow. So, there will be an early spring! Yay!!



Submitted by Robert Williamson, Discover Columbus Committee