In Columbia, there’s a rich tapestry of history, culture and old fashioned southern hospitality waiting to be discovered. Nestled in the heart of Tennessee, the land of country music and sweet tea, Columbia is a quaint town just a short drive south of Nashville. It emerged in 1817 and traces its history even further back to 1808. Quaint yet vibrant, it boasts a classic town square and a trendy downtown. It’s home to many different festivals, events and celebrations throughout the year, most notably the largest Mule Day celebration in the world. (Yes, the world).  Each April, Mule enthusiasts gather for a week of parades, rodeos and mule-related festivities to pay homage to these hardworking animals.

It’s the hometown of James K. Polk, the 11th President of the United States. During the Civil War, Columbia even played a significant role as a key transportation center. The town saw its share of battles and skirmishes, and you can explore this history through various historic markers and sites.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, Columbia offers plenty of opportunities for recreation. The scenic Duck River winds through the town and is the perfect spot for kayaking, fishing and picnicking alongside its banks.

The arts and cultural scene is thriving, from live music performances during First Fridays to the Cars and Coffee event, there’s always something happening.

Our town’s historic downtown district offers a delightful blend of vibrant storefronts and classical architecture. Stop by Maury County Courthouse, an iconic landmark that has stood tall and proud since the mid-19th century. Strolling downtown Columbia you’ll discover a trove of boutiques, antique shops, ice cream parlors and cozy cafes – Gallery 48 nestled at home among them.

So, whether you’re drawn by our hospitality, comfort food, music or friendly smiles, Columbia, Tennessee, invites you to experience the true essence of the South.