The Columns - 1860

The Columns, a Greek revival home built in 1860, was used as a makeshift hospital for wounded and sick soldiers during the Civil War. The Columns is beautifully restored and today the house reflects the life of the affluent banking and merchant Ingram family who bought it around 1900 and filled it with furnishings in the late-Victorian style. Downstairs are two parlors (one a sitting room and one a music room). The dining room and breakfast room feature family silver.

The grounds surrounding The Columns include a Boxwood Garden (the oldest in West Tennessee), antique Rose Garden, Stable and a Children's Playhouse with nursery rhyme murals. The home and grounds are frequent wedding and photo sites. Owned and operated by the private Bolivar Historical and Community Foundation, established by The Columns' last resident, Elizabeth Ingram, before she died in 1995 just two months shy of her 102nd birthday.

Available for Tours

Please call 731-658-6554 for appointment.

Miss Ingram ran a Kindergarten in the basement of The Columns in the late 1940's and early 1950's ... here is a video clip.