COLUMBUS, N.C.--Along a quiet downtown street of Columbus, in what used to be an old fire station, is a place called the “House of Flags.”
Manager Robert Williamson isn't shy to say that there is no place like this in the world, where from floor to ceiling, the walls are covered with historic flags.
“We have had others say this is the best kept secret in North Carolina,” said Williamson.
Williamson is considered one of those “flag fanatics.” He can tell you the meaning behind the shapes, sizes, and symbols within each one.
Williamson's flag obsession began after meeting the man who started the House of Flags, George Scolfield
Scolfield was known as the “flag man” before passing away.
Williamson says Scolfield wanted to open a place that wouldn't just create a fixation on flags, but create a new appreciation for them.