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A visit to quaint Columbia, Tennessee

My mother and her parents were born in Maury County, Tennessee, and because of that I know how to pronounce it correctly: Murray, not Mahwry. They’re all gone now but I still have lots of family in the area so we visit when we can.

The county seat, Columbia, is a quaint town known as the “Mule Capital of the World” because it’s Mule Day celebration is among the largest. (Click here to learn more about Mule Day). Maury County also bills itself as the “Antebellum Homes Capital of Tennessee” with more than any other county in the state. President James K. Polk’s home is a museum there.

The county was organized in 1807, and the city in 1808. Columbia was incorporated in 1817. The census estimates the population at about 37,000.

Not long ago, I wrote about the church and cemetery in nearby Santa Fe, Tennessee, where my family is buried. Today, I am sharing photos of Columbia’s quaint downtown area. It’s not far from north Alabama, about a 90-minute drive, and is well worth a day trip.

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Maury County Courthouse in downtonwn Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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The James K. Polk Home in Columbia, Tenn. (Source: ProhibitOnions via Wikimedia Commons)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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Downtown Columbia, Tenn. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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The Maury County Courthouse. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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The Maury County Courthouse. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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The Maury County Courthouse. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)
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The Maury County Courthouse. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission required)

 

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