Find out how and why Harlem was founded. We were incorporated as a city shortly after the Civil War. How we got our name is an interesting little story as well. Join us on a journey through time.
As the first incorporated city in Columbia County, Georgia, Harlem was a trendsetter from its founding in 1872 through the early 20th Century.
We celebrate our entire community and all of its accomplishments. We have many people from Harlem that have accomplished fantastic and marvelous things. We have one section dedicated to outstanding citizens that will rotate quarterly. Many people are recognized in their areas of expertise.
We show the progression from the first school bell ever used in Harlem through integration. We celebrate how far we've come while acknowledging the road still ahead.
We currently have a facility with exhibits, retail, and theater space. We show Laurel and Hardy movies and an 11 min biopic about Hardy during business hours and 2nd/3rd Run Movies on the lawn periodically.
Harlem is the Birthplace of Oliver Norvell Hardy. Through our exhibits, we tell the story of his life, Stan's life, the meeting of Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy, their careers, and their cultural influence.