Geography

Columbia, NC is located at 35°55'4" North, 60°14'59" West (35.917902, -76.249688) GR1 and part of the so called IBX ( Inner Banks). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²). 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water. In addition to the Scuppernong River, Tyrrell County is bordered on the north by the Albemarle Sound, one of the East Coast's largest estuarine systems, and to the east by the Alligator River.

Attractions

Start your visit  of  at the Tyrrell County Visitor's Center, at the foot of the bridge on US 64 in Columbia, it offers visitors  information about the area . There is a lovely boardwalk along the Scuppernong River. There is also a chamber of commerce shop that offers relative inexpensively priced gifts, mostly produced in the Tyrrell County. The center overlooks the Scuppernong River, the Algonguian Indian name meas "the place of the sweet bay tree." There are rocking chairs to sit on the patio  and enjoy the scenic water views. The inviting facilities include clean restrooms open 24 hours a day,  picnic tables and grills.  For more information about Tyrrell County and Columbia, NC see: http://www.visittyrrellcounty.com/

 Columbia visitor center benches  Columbia visitor center

The charming Victorian town of Columbia, NC is to be found on the Inner Banks (IBX)  and about a good half hour drive from the Outer Banks (OBX). It is a historic, very pretty little town. Attractions include the Palmetto Pear Tree reserve, deep-water anchorages at the town docks and a boardwalk for walking along the water's edge and maybe enjoying a ice-ream cone.  This web-site gives a pretty good impression of the town: http://www.ColumbiaNC.com

 

Columbia, NC was (twice, in two consecutive years ) nominated for the annual American Dream Town competition for its historic appearance and preservation efforts. One of the three nominees for North Carolina by Bruce Northam, a National Geographic traveler the other person was Ingrid Lemme, the host of a TV show called American Dream®.

 

The  Red Wolf Coalition is located in Columbia which advocates very successful for the long-term survival of  the red wolf populations by teaching about the red wolf and by fostering public involvement in red wolf conservation. http://www.redwolves.com/

 

Columbia features eastern North Carolina's premier Hand-Craft Education Center on the Scuppernong with a renaissance of art and culture taking shape on Main Street. One block from the Town Dock is Pocosin Arts http://www.pocosinarts.org/ .

 

A must see is the Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center, a combination of environmental education and local history loacted in a an old movie palace. Features: artifacts from fishing, forestry and farming in the Albemarle Sound region; "Hunter Jim," who'll tell of hunting traditions in the soundlands and programs for schools and other groups. http://www.partnershipforthesounds.org/ 

 

Eco- tourism is bigger then ever:  The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is located in Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties, NC; headquarters located in Columbia, NC . http://www.fws.gov/pocosinlakes/

 

History: Tyrrell County was formed in 1729 from Chowan, Bertie, Currituck and Pasquotank counties. Named for Sir John Tyrrell, one of the Lords Proprietors of the Carolina colony. Tyrrell County's original boundaries originally stretched westward from Roanoke Island to near present-day Tarboro. In 1870 the territory was divided and resulted in what is now known as Tyrrell, Martin, Washington, and Dare counties. Elizabethtown, later renamed Columbia, was established on the banks of the Scuppernong River in 1793 and became the Tyrrell County seat in 1799.