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    Self Guided Walking Tour

    by DSwede Updated Dec 10, 2013
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    If you stop at the tourist information booths or at the lobby at any downtown hotel, they will have a pamphlet for a self guided walking tour of downtown historic area.

    It will take about 45 minutes if you simply walk straight, so add time for stops if you choose. The listed circuit is a loop, starting and stopping near the intersection of 12th St and Broad St.

    While you may not need the pamphlet to walk the downtown area, it does well to point out some more obscure points that you may not otherwise see. The route takes you past over a dozen key places. For example, you will pass the Riverwalk, the 6th St railroad bridge, St. Paul's Church, the Museum of History, Augusta Common, Lafayette Square, several of the historic buildings along Broad, James Brown Plaza, etc.

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    History of the Rail

    by DSwede Written Dec 10, 2013
    Steel Tunnels

    Augusta thrived in elegance for a long time as the last port for the steamers on the river. Even when South Carolina began the then-longest rail link in 1833 from the east side (Hamburg) of the river bank to Charleston, which as a commercial competitor, took much of the business away from Augusta's river steamers. Georgia chartered the Georgia Railroad at this time to improve the channels within the interior of Georgia. This rail served an ever growing network within Georgia, not only for transit of passengers and textiles, but also munitions during the Civil War since the Confederates had gunpowder production in Augusta.

    Augusta resisted building a bridge to connect the two lines, fearing economic shift from a distribution center to a mere side station. But eventually the lines were connected when Augusta feared the South Carolina Railroad would cross the river at some other location.

    If you walk around town, there are a few historical markers (along Broad St), that further explain the history of the rail as well as the long standing institution of the bank (added to the charter in 1835).

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    St. Paul's Cemetery - Grave of William Few

    by 807Wheaton Updated Oct 29, 2013
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    William Few lived in the Columbia Co. Georgia area and was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and is buried here in St. Paul's Cemetery outside St. Paul's Church. Every September on Constitution Day the Augusta Chapter of the DAR holds a "Signing Ceremony" to recognize William Few and his contribution to U.S. History.

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    first presbyterian church

    by doug48 Updated Nov 14, 2011

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    first presbyterian church

    the first presbyterian is one of a number of beautiful churches in augusta. the first presbyterian church was built in 1804 and was designed by the famous columbia architect robert mills. between 1858 and 1870 joseph ruggles wilson, the father of future president woodrow wilson was the pastor of the first presbyterian.

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    st. paul's episcopal church

    by doug48 Updated Nov 9, 2011

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    st. paul's episcopal church was established in 1750 on the site of fort augusta. st. paul's is one of the oldest churches in georgia. the church you see today was built in 1918 after the great augusta fire of 1916. this beautiful georgian colonial style building was designed by henry wendell. next to the church is a cemetery dating back to colonial times.

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    confederate civil war memorial

    by doug48 Updated Nov 9, 2011

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    the augusta confederate civil war memorial is located on broad street downtown. this huge monument is one of the tallest in the south. the standing soldier on the top of the memorial is a likeness of berry greenwood bension who represents the average confederate soldier. the base of the memorial is flanked by statues of robert e. lee, thomas jackson, w.h.t. walker, and thomas r. r. cobb. a very unusual confederate memorial.

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    first christian church

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    first christian church

    located on the corner of greene and 7th streets in augusta's first christian church. the original church was founded in 1835 and the building that is seen today was built in 1876. james sanford lamar was the pastor of the first christian church in the 1860's. james lamar's son joseph was a u.s. supreme court justice.

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    meadow garden

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    meadow garden

    meadow garden was the home to george walton one of the signers of the u.s. constitution. walton lived in this small house from 1792 until his death in 1804. originally this house was on a 121 acre tract of land. meadow garden is a very interesting example of a colonial era home. the home is open to the public monday through friday 10:00AM to 4:00PM. the admission fee is $4.

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    The Brahe House

    by 807Wheaton Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Brahe House - Historical Home in Augusta

    This is a beautiful home on Telfair Street. It is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. While I was on Telfair with my digital camera I was quite amazed as how many places had the neat little plaque that identified them as historic treasures.

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    Meadow Garden - Home of George Walton

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    Meadow Garden in Augusta, Georgia

    Meadow Garden is one of Georgia's oldest dwellings and is the home of George Walton, one of the three signers of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia.
    Meadow Garden is owned and operated by the Georgia State Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.

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    Augusta River Walk

    by Clyselia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is a paved walkway along the Savannah River near downtown Augusta. There is a railroad bridge over the river, a marina and marina shop, amphitheater overlooking the water and many benches for enjoying the beauty of the river.

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    Augusta National--The Masters

    by dustmon Written Jun 7, 2010

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    Gary Player's last Masters

    I have only been once--(not really that great with crowds!) but it was really fun to go on one of the practice days before the Masters really begins. You can take your camera on these days only---rules are very strict for this event. There are areas you can wait to get autographs (I got a few!) and plenty of southern good food to buy---the pimiento cheese sandwiches are famously good! The shop is full of Masters clothing and other gifts to buy all with the Masters logo---very hard to get otherwise.
    The deadline for practice ticket applications for 2011 is July 15, 2010---send your name, address, email, phone and last 4 digits of your social to
    Masters Tournament
    Practice Rounds
    PO Box 2047
    Augusta, Georgia 30903-2047

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    augusta canal

    by doug48 Written Oct 5, 2008

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    augusta canal

    the augusta canal was built in 1845 as an navigational aid for cotton boats and to provide power for augusta's cotton mills. at enterprise mill you can visit the augusta canal intepretive center to learn about the canal and the cotton industry of augusta. at the intepretive center you can take tours of the canal.

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    st. james methodist church

    by doug48 Written Oct 5, 2008

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    st. james methodist church

    st. james methodist church was established in 1855. the beautiful brick church you see today was built in the 1870's. st. james is one of a number of beautiful and historic churches located in downtown augusta.

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    ware's folly

    by doug48 Written Oct 5, 2008

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    ware's folly

    this interesting federal style home was built in 1818 for augusta mayor nicholas ware. it was called ware's folly because it cost $40,000 to build at the time. $40,000 was a huge amount of money in 1818. as a comparison 50 years later the large church of the most holy trinity cost $42,000 to build. today ware's folly is home to the gertrude herbert insitute of art. see the attached website for current exibitions.

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