“There is always something happening in Columbiana!” is the famous quote by Mayor Stancil Handley. Rich in history, Columbiana is the home to Shelby County Historical Society Museum and archives, housed in the 1854 Shelby County Courthouse. The Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington is located in the Mildred B. Harrison Regional Library.
Park facilities include a City Park near Elvin Hill Elementary School and the Columbiana Sports Complex on McDow Road. City Park features a pavilion, picnic tables, playground and swing sets. Adjacent are Lewis and Bolton Girls Softball Fields. The sports complex features batting cages, a playground, four baseball fields, a football field and a walking track.
Many of our residents enjoy walking and jogging around town on our beautiful sidewalks. Our attractive downtown streetscape is just one of the many amenaties that draws people to our City.
Shelby County Museum & Archives 205-669-3912
Main Street Columbiana, AL
(Housed in restored 1854 county courthouse)
Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington 205-669-8767
Depot Street Columbiana, AL
(Largest collection of privately held George and Martha Washington Memorabilia outside of Mount Vernon)
WHAT TO DO
If you have a love for community, then Columbiana is a great place to be. There are many active organizations that are looking for you. If you are looking to get involved in the community, a great place to start is by contacting our City Marketing Director, Elizabeth M. Smith. Her direct line at City Hall is 205-669-5808 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The South Shelby Chamber of Commerce is also located here in Columbiana. The executive director, April Stone, is a fantastic resource to all of the cities and towns that she represents and has all the answers why South Shelby is the place to be!
The area churches are very active in the community and whatever your preference is, there is most likely a church for you.
While Columbiana doesn’t have “big box” stores, what we do have is the type of store that if they don’t have what you are looking for, they are quick to assist you in finding it, either by ordering it or referring you to a place you can find it. Columbiana is home to Piggly Wiggly, Brown Lumber (an Ace Hardware store), Fred’s, Dollar General and CVS. The city’s personality comes through in the unique stores on Main Street, Busy Hands, Main Street Florist, Gail’s Florist, Sassy Sisters and Davis Drugs.
The City of Columbiana offers a little of everything, from local restaurants to fast food chains, there is something for most everyone. From Davis Drug Snack Bar, Piggly Wiggly’s deli, Tin Top BBQ, Oaxaca Mexican Grill, China Yan, to McDonald’s, Jack’s, Subway, Little Caesar’s Pizza and Pizza Star. You can find home-cooking to nostalgia at the Davis Drug counter and a great milkshake, traditional fast food fare and of course a traditional southern restaurant environment at Tin Top BBQ who features BBQ, burgers and chicken. Our newest restaurant is The Local Kitchen and Ale (located on the bypass) which offers pub style, casual cuisine, a comprehensive craft beer menu including local brews on draft, a full wine list, and their own specialty cocktail creations.
Voted in 2013 as Shelby County’s Best Bed and Breakfast, Columbiana is proud to be home of the Columbiana Inn Bed and Breakfast. Columbiana Inn is a charming retreat for a well deserved respite. Take a moment to step back in time and experience true southern hospitality. The Columbiana Inn is a restored 1889 Victorian home converted into a Bed and Breakfast with six guestrooms (all with private baths). Within easy walking distance to historic downtown Columbiana’s museums, shops and restaurants. Columbiana residents and Inn Keepers, Andrew and Diane Moore welcome you to stay with them at the Inn. For more information, please visit www.columbianainn.com.
The City of Columbiana has a rich sports tradition, whether your interest is in youth baseball, softball, football or basketball or high school athletics, you will find that we take a lot of pride in sports here. The Columbiana Sports Complex, on McDow Road, is a showcase for many of the youth sports and hosts events from teams outside the city as well as tournaments and other events, such as Relay for Life. The City has recently completed some renovations to the tennis courts which are located on Washington Street near Shelby County High School. The City also hosts two walking tracks, one adjacent to Columbiana Elementary School (.25 mile) and the other at the Sports Complex and numerous sidewalks to help you make the loop for walking and stay fit.
The Shelby County Arts Council is located at 104 Mildred Street. We invite visitors to come by and view our current exhibit, take part in one of our on-going workshops and join us the first and third Friday of each month for our Free Lunch and Learn Programs. We also host live performances throughout the month. Visit our website and learn more about our upcoming events and classes. www.shelbycountyartscouncil.com
Columbiana is home to 2 unique museums. The Shelby County Museum and Archives, located on Main Street, the Shelby County museum and Archives displays many old Shelby County photographs and artifacts from the Indian era through WWII; including such items as the bell from the Alabama, a well-known railroad engine during its time, Creek Indian artifacts, the 1906 Shelby County Courthouse cornerstone contents removed 24th June 2006, and three chestnut wood cars and several feet of wood track that were found on the 4th May 1974 in the forgotten Confederate Gurnee Coal Mine in West Shelby County. The hours of operation of our Museum and Archives are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington, located on Mildred Street, is home to the largest collection of George Washington memorabilia outside of Mt. Vernon. The Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington collection focuses on art and artifacts from the colonial period through 1865. The collection contains paintings, letters, furniture, porcelain, glassware, silver, jewelry, busts and more. Martha Washington’s prayer book printed in New York in 1783, an original 1787 Samuel Vaughn sketch of Mt. Vernon grounds, writing instruments and tools from George Washington’ s survey case and an original tintype depicting Robert E. Lee in his uniform for the last time are just a few collection highlights.
As you can see there is much to see and do in Columbiana and you won’t find a better place to relax and enjoy yourself. So, come join us in Columbiana!