Come celebrate Independence Day at the Polk County Historical Museum

Published 10:12 am Monday, June 27, 2022

As we celebrate our Independence Day this weekend, the Polk County Historical Museum wants to remind folks of our county’s role in the American Revolution. In October 1780, the Overmountain Men at Alexander’s Ford encampment held a significant role in the defeat of the British loyalists at Kings Mountain, N.C.


A permanent professional display is in the works at the local museum and is to be installed at a future date. Just in time for this year’s Fabulous Fourth holiday weekend, a smaller-scale temporary exhibit will be featured at the museum both Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at a special opening on Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Town of Columbus’ July 4th event. 

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The temporary exhibit will include maps, storyboards, artistic prints both military and domestic, Native American artifacts, and the debut of a replicated militia uniform designed, created and donated by Sew Classy Alterations.


If Revolutionary War history is a passion for you please consider donating to the museum. The museum is needing additional monetary donations for this exciting new exhibit. The Polk County Historical Association has a primary benefactor named “Mary” who has agreed to match up to a certain amount. 


Present-day Polk County was the location of several important events in our American Revolution including the battle of Round Mountain, the Cherokee massacres during the War, the battle of Earle’s Ford, and the aforementioned Alexander’s Ford encampment.


Many present-day Polk residents are descendants of veterans from both sides who fought in these battlefields, including the Mills, Jackson, Earle, Howard, Metcalf, Hampton and Walker families


The Polk County Historical Museum is located in downtown Columbus at 60 Walker Street inside the basement of the Feagan Building. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.