Columbus | Home of Live Oaks and Live Folks
Columbus is known as the “Home of Live Oaks and Live Folks”, a motto that has stayed true in describing both the timeless natural beauty of town as well as the vibrant hospitality of its inhabitants. Located 70 miles west of Houston, 125 miles east of San Antonio and 87 miles south of Austin, Columbus is a relaxing small-town sanctuary just at the edge of the cities.
History, Culture and Arts
As the county seat, the rich history of Columbus is definitively Texan. Local lore is filled with the first settlers’ arrival in 1821, Sam Houston’s camp location during the fight for Texas Independence, and the cattle ranchers who built magnificent homes in town. Preservation is an important theme in Columbus. Transport yourself in time as you take a guided Talking Houses Tour that describes historic buildings, homes, and museums. The tour provides unique slices of history. The most recognizable building, the recently restored courthouse in the downtown square, houses a breathtaking Tiffany-style glass dome. The 1886 Stafford Opera House hosts a monthly dinner theater as well as weddings and galas and the Live Oak Arts Center is a beautiful art gallery tucked inside a 19th-century era saloon that contains stunning exhibits and juried art shows.
Treats and Eats
Columbus is home to boutiques offering everything from clothing and decor to homemade chocolates with enough antique shops to thrill any treasure hunter. Wineries litter the area and a wide range of restaurants highlight the local flavor while bed and breakfasts offer a stay in historic surroundings or a country adventure.
Beyond the towering oaks in town and the wildflower carpets of spring, Columbus is an outdoor enthusiast’s sanctuary. Surrounded by parks and gently rolling hills that cater to bicyclists and runners, Columbus also sits on a designated Inland Paddling Trail by Texas Parks and Wildlife. The unique horseshoe shaped trail is perfect for a day on the river whether fishing, birding, paddling canoes and kayaks, or relaxing in a riverboat ride. If you prefer to stay on land, the golf course provides a venue for a day at the links and you are welcome to take a peek at our large Live Oak that is listed on the Registry of Big Trees as the second largest in the state of Texas.
Special events are Columbus’s specialty. Some of the top events include the witty and wildly popular Live Oaks and Dead Folks Cemetery Tour, the historical reenactments of Columbus Folk Fest, and the shopping extravaganza Ladies’ Night Out. Columbus has something to offer anyone at any time of the year. Visit our event page for an up to date schedule.