Polk County Historical Museum hosting evening event on Thursday, Nov. 15 featuring historical figures

Columbus Mills, the father of Polk County – portrayed here by Ambrose Mills – will be on hand at the evening event Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Polk County Historical Museum.

The Polk County Historical Museum at 60 Walker St. in Columbus is hosting a free evening event for everyone from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 that will include people portraying historical figures from Polk County’s past.

“We heard from people that they often cannot attend our programs because they work during the day,” said Pat McCool, President of the Polk County Historical Association. “Our directors thought this would be a unique way for the Historical Association to reach out to the community.”

The event will feature people in period clothing portraying characters from Polk County’s past at the event, including:

  • Tom Vaughn portraying someone from the Overmountain Trail;
  • Dan Hopping with Revolutionary War weaponry;
  • Mark Anthony portraying Jim Withrow of the Rutherford County militia, which was part of Polk County at the time;
  • R.G. Absher portraying a fiddler from the Overmountain Men of the Revolutionary War;
  • Bob and Carol Martin with toys from around the time of the Revolutionary War;
  • Frances McCain portraying Bettie Sims, a moonshiner from Polk County;
  • Ambrose Mills portraying 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;
  • Alan Leonard portraying a soldier in the Civil War; and
  • Joe Epley portraying a member of the militia at the Hannon Massacre that sought revenge on the Indians who attacked the Hannons.

There is no cost to attend this event and the public is encouraged to attend.

Learn more about the museum and the Polk County Historical Association by visiting polknchistory.org or by calling (828) 894-3351.