Like many cities in Georgia, Columbus has a history rich in stories of war time and industrial development. In fact, the last battle of the Civil War was fought in Columbus, Georgia. The city historical society of has remained diligent in preserving the treasures that are still standing from those times. If you are looking to tour the historical area, here are a few must see exhibits and places to add to your itinerary.
Home of Colonel John Pemberton – Located on Heritage Corner, the home of Colonel John Pemberton still stands today. Pemberton was a leader in the local Battle of Columbus during the Civil War, and later went on to invent Atlanta’s own Coca-Cola beverage.
Linwood Cemetery – The final resting place for so many who fought in the Civil War, Linwood Cemetery is a true historical treasure. Approximately 200 Confederate soldiers are buried here among some of the most beautiful, hand-sculpted grave stones in the south. The CSS Jackson Cannon also rests among the grave stones as a reminder of the Battle of Columbus fought nearby.
Springer Opera House – Constructed during the trying Reconstruction era, the Springer Opera House has hosted many significant performers since opening in 1871. Some of the most notable people to appear onstage are Franklin D. Roosevelt, Oscar Wilde, Ethel Barrymore, and Edwin Booth. Booth’s name became infamous after his brother, John Wilkes Booth, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Booth is said to still haunt the halls of the Springer Opera House today.