DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF A COUNTY CALLED COLUMBUS
Whiteville, Hallsboro, Lake Waccamaw, Chadbourn, Fair Bluff & Tabor City
Come and explore the hidden treasures of Columbus County . History, festivals and our natural wonders make us the perfect destination for your group. Your adventure begins in Columbus County .Founded nearly 200 years ago, it's a county rich in history highlighting the ways of a bygone era.
Begin your day in Whiteville , the county seat, with a self-guided tour which will include such sites as the historic courthouse , courthouse square and scenic Madison Street with its downtown movie theater. (1 hour)
Visit the Reuben Brown House , home of the first principal of Whiteville Academy in 1852. (30 minutes) Afterwards you will want to stop and have a old fashioned lemon-aid or orange-aid at Guition's Drug Store in downtown Whiteville.
Next stop, the North Carolina Forestry Museum , where the natural history and cultural heritage of North Carolina 's forests and forestry is celebrated through interpretive and interactive exhibits and educational programs. (1 hour)
Lunch at one of Whiteville's famous downtown lunch grills will round out your morning here before heading out to other parts of the county. Sit at the counter and watch your burger and fries being prepared.(1 hour)
As you head to Lake Waccamaw , you will drive by the gravesite of Mille-Christine McCoy, the world famous Siamese twins born in 1851 and Bogue Chapel , built in 1875 in Hallsboro. (45 minutes)
Built in 1904, the Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lake Waccamaw Museum showcases the natural history of the area, Native American artifacts, local family history, the turpentine industry and railroad memorablia. (1 hour)
Opened in 1810 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, the Chadbourn Depot is a must for railroad lovers. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the picturesque depot displays a variety of historical artifacts, including model railroads, period furnishings, Audubon prints, railroad memorabilia and even fashions from the 1900's. (1 hour)
The Old Trading Post in Fair Bluff, probably the oldest building in Columbus County , stands on the banks of the Lumber River . Built in the late eighteenth century, people from Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties brought farm produce and naval goods to be sold or exchanged for other products. (30 minutes)
Originally built in 1897 as a combined Atlantic Coast Line passenger and freight depot, Fair Bluff Depot museum offers a step back into the past. Today it houses railroad memorabilia and equipment from the early 1900's until its closing in the 1960's. (1 hour)
You will end your day in Tabor City , and a visit to the Mt. Tabor School which was built in 1870 using a floor plan and building technique which had been in use since 1820. It was not only the first school in Tabor City but also in 1905 served as the original meeting place for St. Paul United Methodist Church . (30 minutes)
Visit the Horace Carter Museum and explore the pages of the Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper, the Tabor City Tribune. Mr. Carter himself may even be around to share his stories with you.
What a better way to end your day than with dinner at the Todd House , serving good food since Mary Todd opened her boarding house in 1928. Known throughout for its delightful old-fashioned homestyle cooking, the Todd House is one of Tabor City 's oldest businesses. (1 hour)
Enjoy an overnight stay at one of Columbus County 's accommodations.