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PCHA Program Features The Saluda Baby Hospital

The Infants' & Children's Sanitarium (Saluda Baby Hospital) is the topic for the September 3rd PCHA program in Columbus. If you have never heard the history of Dr Lesesne Smith and how his work impacted the health of young children in South for nearly three decades, you have got to attend this program.

In a time of few opportunities for continuing education for medical doctors, Dr Lesesne Smith founded the Southern Pediatric Seminar in Saluda in 1921. His seminar was a two week summer course created specifically for the general practitioner. Lectures were given in Saluda by many of the South's leading experts.

Dr Smith's concern for children was great. This historical presentation will take place at the Polk County Museum in Columbus and will be given by one of Dr Smith's grandchildren, Nettie Sweet. She will share why and how her grandfather founded the Southern Pediatric Seminar in Saluda in 1921.

The public is invited to attend the program at no cost. The Polk County Museum is located in downtown Columbus at 60 Walker Street. The presentation will begin promptly at 2:30 pm on September 3rd.

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Our Spring tour! in conjuction with the Meeting Place senior center ! SOLD OUT ! SORRY !

Wanting to learn a little more about Polk County's past? On Saturday, June 1st the Polk County Historical Association is planning a road trip to some of the area's historical sites.


This spring's tour will include a tour of Seven Hearths. This home was built for the Mills Family around 1740. The nearly 280 year old structure was originally located in the Mill Spring community but restored and relocated to the Pacolet Valley area in 1934. Featured at the historic home will be Ambrose Mills reenacting one of his Mills family descendants.

Following the visit to Seven Hearths, Polk County native Alan Leonard will share information and the history of the cabins at Seven Hearths' cabins.

Local historian Susan Speight will tell the tales of White Oak and Tryon Mountain. Speight has done extensive research on the two mountains histories. Already an author of a Skyuka Mountain book, she will point out the significant locations on the mountains that played a part in local history. 

Continuing atop of the mountain the PCHA's tour will visit with Janel Howell. Howell plans to talk about her family's home on what is known locally as Slick Rock. Tour participants are asked to bring their own sandwich for lunch as they travel. A picnic style outing will be at the lake on White Oak Mountain. PCHA will furnish cookies and water to go along with the tour users brown bag lunches.

The historic road trip & tour will depart from the historical museum at 60 Walker Street in Columbus at 9am and last most of the day. The cost of the tour is $40 each or $65 per couple and it will be hosted by local resident and Polk County native Frances McCain. Tickets can be purchased at Polk Historical Museum, Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm & Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and at Flower Cottage in Columbus.

All proceeds from the tour will be used in upcoming history programs. The Historical Association would like to thank the Meeting Place of Polk County & Leslie Huntley for their help on this tour.

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History of NC GOVENORS

Phil  Kirk

One of the more versatile leaders on the North Carolina political scene will speak at the Polk County Historical Association May program on Tuesday, May 7th. Phil Kirk will talk about the last ten governors who have served in North Carolina. The presentation will begin at 2:30pm at the historical museum at 60 Walker Street in Columbus. 

Although a Republican, Phil Kirk was held in high regard by the Democratic Chief Executives. He has been one of the most influential persons in Raleigh for more than 45 years. Kirk has had a varied career. He served as Chief of Staff for Governor Jim Holshouser, Governor Jim Martin and US Senator Jim Broyhill. Kirk served as Secretary of the NC Department of Health & Human Services, Vice Chair of the state Board of Community Colleges and Chairman Emeritus of the NC Board of Education to name a few.

North Carolina's former Democratic Governor Jim Hunt said of Kirk, "If there's a single person in the state who is more involved and at the center of every issue, I don't know who it is".

Before getting involved in the political scene Phil Kirk was an English and journalism teacher, radio announcer, newspaper reporter, Vice President of a nursing home management company and Dean of the College of Management at NC State University in Raleigh.

The May 7th program is at no cost and the public is encouraged to attend.

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All you want to know about the Polk County Courthouse by John Vining

Polk County's one and only permanent courthouse is the topic of the Polk County Historical Association inaugural program for 2019. The 1859 structure is only one of 14 antebellum courthouses that remain in North Carolina. 

Polk County native John Vining will be the presenter. He was actively involved in the restoration of the court house and will talk about the architectural features of the building and will share little tidbits of the 159 year building. The program will begin at 2:30pm on January 8th. 

In 2018 the historic courthouse was nominated and selected as PCHA's Polk County's number one historic wonder. It is the oldest courthouse in use in the western half of the state and the 8th oldest structure used as a courthouse in NC. 

The January program will be held inside the Polk County Historical Museum at 60 Walker Street in downtown Columbus. There is no cost to attend and the public is invited.

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See Polk country historical characters come to life on Thursday night performed by live actors ! an over-mountain man ,civil war soldier ,railroad engineer from 100 years ago,a notorious female moonshiner ,early Polk politician and more come out free admission .

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Genealogy class

Did you know that genealogy has replaced gardening at the number one hobby in the United States? Learning about one's ancestors is both fascinating and fun. It is not a difficult hobby but learning a few techniques on how to search could save time and effort.

The Polk County Historical Association is offering a Genealogy 101 class for any interested residents. The Fall classes will be taught on Tuesdays beginning on October 9th and continuing for four consecutive weeks at 2pm. 

The cost for historical association members is $25 and $40 for non-members. For more information contact Becky Hudson at 828.894.8583. Space is limited. Call today.

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Have you ever wondered how Columbus got it's name? Who was Capt Thomas Howard? You can learn these and other historical facts about Polk County. Local historian Anna Pack Conner is planning to teach her Polk County history course once again.

Starting on Thursday, October 4th from 1 to 2:30 pm each week and continuing for five consecutive weeks, come listen and learn about Polk County's past. Conner will share information about the county and it's beginnings. The classes are being offered by the Polk County Historical Association and will be held inside the museum at 60 Walker Street in Columbus. 

If you are a member of the historical assocation the cost is only $50 per person. Non-members can enroll in the classes for $75. Each week participants will be given a written outline for the next session.

"We are excited to make this opportunity available to area residents," said Pat McCool, President of the Polk County Historical Association. "Anna has taught this class numerous times and former students have been pleased at her insight on the local historical facts."

The course is limited to 30 participants. To register or for more information contact Pat McCool at COOL1760@GM

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