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Historic Albemarle Tours - Columbia

Historic Columbia
PO Box 55
203 S. Ludington Drive
Columbia, NC 27925
Phone: 252.796.0723
Toll Free: 888.737.0437
FAX 252.796.0303
Website: Visit Tyrrell County
Website: Partnership for the Sounds
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About Historic Columbia

The Tyrrell County Seat of Columbia originated as a trading post on the Scuppernong River called Shallop's Landing but was incorporated as Elizabethtown in 1793. The name was changed to Columbia in 1801, and it became the county seat in 1802. It is the only post office within its environs, in which Tyrrell is unique. The Town of Columbia features a self-guided walking tour of historic buildings. 

The Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center is an environmental and cultural history museum focusing on fishing, farming, forestry and everyday life in Tyrrell County. Renovated and managed by the Partnership for the Sounds, the Center is the first stop for education groups visiting the area.

The Tyrrell County Visitor's Center is the starting point of an extensive network of trails and docks that lead the visitor along the banks of the Scuppernong River, where they can glimpse the native flora and fauna. Columbia is also home to Pocosin Arts Folk School, eastern North Carolina's premier hand-craft education center.

Historic Columbia - Tyrrell County Visitor's Center part of the Historic Albemarle Tour

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About the Facilities

  • Visitor Center
  • Marina/boat facilities
  • Gift shop
  • Free parking
  • Audio/visual presentation
  • Recreational trails
  • Dining
  • Accommodations
  • Public restrooms
  • Motorcoach parking
  • Exhibits
  • Historic structures


    Handicap Accessibility:
    Site is fully accessible.

    Nearest Major Town/City: Manteo, NC (35 miles east)

    Tyrrell County Visitor's Center

    Visitor Information

    Tyrrell County Visitor's Center
    PO Box 55
    203 S. Ludington Drive
    Columbia, NC 27925
    Website: Visit Tyrrell County

    About the Programs

    Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM

    Admission Fees: Adults $2; Students $1; Children under 5 free

    Major Program Areas: Native American, Maritime, Ecology/Environment education, Eco-Tourism

    Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center Education Resources:
    • Self-guided exhibits
    • Hands-on activities
    • Off-site/outreach activities

    School Tour Requirements:

      • Maximum group size: 60
      • Reservations required
      • $1.00/student, $1 for special programs
      • 30-45 minute tour
      • Curriculum-based tours if requested, Pre-K through 12.

      Education Coordinator: Helen Craddock

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    Historic Albemarle Tour, Inc.
    ADDRESS l Asa Biggs House 100 E. Church St. Williamston, NC 27892 l Phone: 1-800-734-1117
    HOURS OF OPERATION l Tuesdays: 8am-12pm Thursdays & Fridays: 8am-4pm

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