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    church of the most holy trinity

    by doug48 Written Oct 5, 2008

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    church of the most holy trinity

    established in 1810 the church of the holy trinity is the oldest catholic church in georgia. the present church was built between 1857 and 1863 in the romanesque revival style. the bell tower was added in 1894. this beautiful church is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    medical college of georgia

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    medical college of georgia

    in 1822 dr. milton antony established the medical society of augusta he also served as the first president of the georgia state board of medical examiners. in 1826 dr. antony and dr. joseph adams eve received a state charter to establish the medical academy of georgia. the academy opened in 1828 and was renamed the medical college of georgia in 1833. of interest to tourists is it's beautiful campus and historic buildings.

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    sacred heart cultural center

    by doug48 Written Oct 4, 2008

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    sacred heart cultural center

    the sacred heart cultural center was originally the sacred heart catholic church. this beautiful brick building was built in 1900. the exterior of sacred heart is of romanesque design with carved arches, turrets, and ornate brick work. the interior of the church has impressive stained glass windows imported from germany. for those interested in architecture the sacred heart cultural center is a must see site when in augusta. open 9:00AM to 5:00PM monday through friday. admission is free.

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    joseph lamar house

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    joseph lamar house

    located next to the woodrow wilson boyhood home is the joseph lamar house. this italiante style house was built in 1860 by william h. salsbury who also built the wilson home next door. joseph lamar's father james sanford lamar was the pastor of the first christian church of augusta. lamar became a lawyer and was appointed a u.s. supreme court justice by president william taft in 1911. joseph lamar and woodrow wilson were boyhood friends. the lamar home is open to the public monday-friday 8:30AM to 5:00pm and 10:00AM to 5:00PM on saturdays. admission is free.

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    woodrow wilson home

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    woodrow wilson boyhood home

    pictured is the united states president woodrow wilson's boyhood home. wilson's father joseph ruggles wilson moved to augusta in 1858 to become the pastor of the first presbyterian church. the wilson family first lived on the 600 block of greene street and moved into this house in 1860. woodrow wilson lived in augusta during the civil war and his parents helped wounded confederate solders. in 1865 confederate president jefferson davis was captured by union troops in irwinville georgia. wilson watched davis being led through the streets of augusta in chains which left a lifelong impression on him. in 1870 joseph ruggles wilson was hired as a professor at the columbia theological seminary and the wilson family moved to columbia south carolina. this home is listed on the national register of historic places. the wilson boyhood home is open to the public 10:00AM-5:00PM for a $5 admission charge.

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    the masters

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    masters spectator entrance

    the masters is a difficult tournament to get into but not impossible. the masters origanization still sells tickets to the general public for the practice rounds and the par three tournament. you must contact them a year in advance and then the tickets are assigned by a lottery. see the attached website to order these tickets. to get tickets for the main tournament you must buy them through scalpers. daily tickets run from $700 to $1200 per day. you can also book hotel packages that run between $2500 and $10,000 for the full tournament. a couple of websites to check for tickets and packages are www.tickettango.com and www. roadtrips.com. of course you can watch the tournament on television for free.

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    augusta national golf club

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    club house augusta national

    the augusta national golf club was founded by the legendary amateur golfer bobby jones and his business partner cliff roberts in 1933. in 1934 they hosted the first augusta national invitational golf tournament. in 1939 the tournament was renamed the masters. the masters is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world. in order to control the number of spectators for the main tournament the masters stopped selling tickets to the general public in the 1960's. today in order to get a ticket you must buy them through scalpers. i had an opportunity to attend the masters in the 1990's. since i got my tickets from a participant in the tournament i had full club house privileges which was quite an experience. the tournament is held each year on the second week of april when the azaleas and dogwoods are in full bloom. augusta national is a private club and only open to the public during the tournament.

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    visitor center

    by doug48 Written Oct 4, 2008

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    augusta visitor center

    the richmond county museum and visitor center is a good place to start a visit of augusta. at the visitor center you can get brochures about the places of interest in augusta. the richmand county museum is located in the same building as the visitor center. the museum is a good place to learn about the history and culture of augusta.

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    Enjoy a walk on the Savannah River

    by 807Wheaton Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    8th Street walkway to the Savannah River
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    There are several places on Reynolds Street where you can walk up to the Savannah River. This area has quite a few nice locally owned restaurants and gift shops, etc.
    The Riverwalk is nicely developed and has benches and play areas.

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    Signers Monument and My Personal Story

    by 807Wheaton Written Feb 9, 2006

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    Signer's Monument est. July 4, 1848
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    This monument was dedicated July 4, 1848 to three signers of the Declaration of Independece - George Walton, Lyman Hall and Button Gwinnett. None of these men were born in Georgia but all lived in the state and influenced it greatly. Walton was from Virginia and Lyman Hall was born in Connecticut and also represented Georgia in the Continental Congress. Button Gwinnett was born in England and settled in Savannah shortly before the Revolution. He was the President of Georgia in 1777 when he was involved in a duel with General Lachlan McIntosh and was mortally wounded. It is not sure where his grave is located.
    Here I must point out another tragic death from a duel. George Wells was a re-located Patriot from Maryland, living in the back-country of Augusta, aware of the resistance to addtional tax on trade. In 1780, when Augusta was the capital of Georgia, George Wells was appointed acting Governor.
    He and George Walton had been active in passing a law designing Augusta as a city laid out in the fashion that Oglethorpe had done with Savannah. This act also included land to back-country newcomers and excused them from military duty for two years, even though it was a time of war. George Wells had been a advocate of the pioneer farmer and the law was a personal triumph for him. Two weeks after his appointment to Governor he fought a duel with Major James Jackson and Wells was killed. It is unknown why they fought or where Wells is buried. He is not forgotten however, especially to us because a young man, Richard Wells, George's nephew was living with him during this time. Richard was in the Richmond County militia. After Wells's death Richard removed to Virginia and continued his military time there as a scout for the Patriots. Richard then moved to Kentucky and lived out his days. His son, Moses is my husband's g-g-g-grandfather.
    And that's the rest of the story!

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    The Cotton Exchange in downtown Augusta, GA

    by 807Wheaton Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    The Cotton Exchange Building is at the corner of 8th and Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta. Two centuries before this building was erected, Colonial troops led by Henry "Lighthorse" Harry Lee (the father of Robert E. Lee) and Gen. Andrew Pickens built a two story tower hoisting a cannon over its top to fire on nearby Ft. Cornwallis. The American six pounder fired into the Fort for several days, finally causing the British garrison of 300 to surrender. The credit to this old Roman technique was Hezekiah Mayham. This short event influenced the British to leave and eventually surrender at Yorktown.
    Augusta then went from the Colonial Capital to the State Capital at the conclusion of the American Revolution until 1793.
    Augusta was at the heart of the state's cotton trade at the end of the 1880's. The building was built in 1886 and had more than 200 members on the exchange. Now the Cotton Exchange, where cotton farmers brought their bales of cotton to be weighed and sold when "Cotton was King" is a bank. Inside there is a wall that is a chalkboard that has been preserved with the weights and prices of cotton from years ago.
    There is a nice side street next to the Cotton Exchange and it takes you to the Savannah River. Lots of nice locally owned restaurants in this area.

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    St. James Methodist Church on Greene Street

    by 807Wheaton Updated Feb 6, 2006

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    St. James United Methodist Church
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    On October 16, 2005 St. James United Methodist Church celebrated its One Hundred Ffifty Years of ministry to Augusta, Georgia. There is a historical marker in front of the church that has some details about the history of St. James. The church also provided information at their October Celebration.
    In 1855 The present site was purchased as a Mission of St. John Church. The Reverend William Crumley became the first pastor and the two-story brick building was completed. From 1861 and through the years of the War between the States the church languished. Early in the 1870's improvements in the sanctuary occurred with 637 members. In 1895 The Epworth League was organized at St. James and purchased the pipe organ from Atlanta Exposition for $3000. In 1906 the congregation celebrated their 50th anniversary and had a membership of 902. In 1935 gas lights were replaced by electric and organ chimes were added. On January 3, 1954 President Eisenhower worshipped at the church. During the year 1991 the organ was repaired at a cost of $40,000 and stained-glass windows in a Choir Room were uncovered. In August of 1994 our youngest daughter was married at St. James United Methodist Church.

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    Summerville - A Grave subject

    by 807Wheaton Written Feb 6, 2006

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    Summerville Cemetery
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    It was a cold drizzly day when we stopped to take a few pictures of this old cemetery in the "Hill" district of Augusta. There are quite a few aristocrats of Augusta buried here.
    The oldest grave we saw was about 1840 although I believe there are some that are older.
    The cemetery is kept up well and was quite interesting. John Milledge was a Revolutionary War Hero, a Congressman, Senator and Governor. Alfred Cumming was Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Joseph Rucker Lamar was Associate Justice in the Supreme Court.
    The homes around this cemetery are some of the best and biggest in Augusta.

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    First Presbyterian Church - Incorporated 1804

    by 807Wheaton Updated Dec 27, 2005

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    First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, GA

    First Pres was incorporated in 1804 and celebrated their centennial in 1904 and in May 1954 the church celebrated their 150th Anniversary. Again in 2004 First Presbyterian Church celebrated their 200th year. The architect for this church was Robert Mills, born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1781 to a prosperous tailor who invested well. When Robert Mills developed an interest in architecture his family apprenticed him to James Hoban, architect of the White House. Mills designed eleven churches in five states, including Richmond's famous Monumental Church. There is evidence supporting Mills as the architect of the gothic revival Christ Episcopal Church in Winchester, Virginia

    One of the more noted Pastors that filled the pulpit was Rev. Doctor Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Janet Woodrow the parents of Woodrow Wilson the 28th President of the United States. Woodrow Wilson himself was born in Staunton, Virginia but grew up in Augusta, Ga during the Civil War. His parents were born in Ohio but were sympathetic to the South and cared for wounded Confederate soldiers in their church on Telfair Street.

    I have been in this church for a wedding and when they hosted a special speaker. It truly is a treasure with some original furnishings on display inside.

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    Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens

    by 807Wheaton Updated Oct 21, 2005

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    Sculpture of Byron Nelson
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    Beautiful tile and brick walks will take you through the botanical gardens where you will see garden displays, water-falls and sculptures of some of the best golfers.
    Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Byron Nelson, Raymond Floyd and Ben Hogan await your visit.

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