TOWN SQUARE, THE HEART OF COLUMBIA
Welcome to Columbia, a TOP 10 Best Small Town and a Tennessee Main Street Community!
Downtown Columbia is a classic, Southern downtown anchored by the iconic Courthouse on the town square. Yes, we're historic and quaint with that Southern charisma that shows up in every friendly wave and 'hello' from the locals. We've got the perfect mix of history blended with a modern, trendy vibe of shops, restaurants, breweries & tap rooms, and cool places to hang out with friends. We have special events and festivals throughout the year like the city's long-time Mule Day celebration in April. If you’re here on the first weekend of the month, be sure to check out First Fridays for live music on the square, inside and outside the shops.
Adjacent to the beautiful downtown district is the emerging Columbia Arts District and the ancestral home of U.S. President James K. Polk. The scenic outdoors is highlighted by the Duck River that winds its way around the edge of downtown. The Duck River is notably the most ecologically diverse river in North America.
An afternoon in downtown Columbia promises good eats, great finds, live music and relaxing options for both the ladies and the guys. Coffee shops, vintage records, book store, pie shop, tap room, brewery, barber shops, spa, boutiques, antiques and vintage finds make it worth the trip.
The town of Columbia is the county seat of Maury County. It was chartered in 1807 and laid out on the south bank of the Duck River consisting of four blocks. The town was incorporated in 1817. In 1984, the Columbia Commercial Historic Downtown District was established on the National Register of Historic Places recognized for its Federal, Victorian, and Mid 19th Century Revival architecture. The current population is estimated to be 41,690 (2020 Census).