Polk County

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Polk County is named for William Polk, who was an officer in the American Revolutionary War and the first president of the State Bank of North Carolina.


Created:  January 20, 1855

County Seat: 

Columbus  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Columbus 


Location:  1 Courthouse Square / East Mills Street

Built:  1858 – 1859

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Ephraim Clayton

Contractor:  George W Shackelton


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick Italianate with structure. The building is a “T” shape with a northeast wing and has a portico on the southwest front supported by four large square white colored pillars rising to a pediment at the roof line. There is an extension on the east side. On the center of the roof is a square white base rising to a smaller square white colored cupola.  The building was remodeled in the 1920’s and was remodeled from 1999 to 2008.


County Justice – Administration – Columbus 




Location:  40 Courthouse Square / East Mills Street

Built:  1987 – 1988

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Carter Watkins Associates Architects Inc. of Monroe, Georgia

Contractor:  Sherman Construction Company Inc. of Greenville, South Carolina


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building has a recessed central entrance. The roof has a peak on the north and south sections. The roof line is flat. The building is names as the Bryant H Womack Justice and Administration Building.



N – Rutherford County

E – Rutherford County

S – Spartanburg County, South Carolina and Greenville County, South Carolina

W – Henderson County

















Photos taken 2008