Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson, Augusta, GA
This lovely home in Augusta, GA is where Woodrow Wilson grew up. It is across the street from First Presbyterian Church where his father , Rev. Doctor Joseph Ruggles Wilson was the Pastor during the Civil War.
Even though Joseph Ruggles and his wife Janet Woodrow were born in Ohio they were sympathetic to the South during the War and offered help to the wounded Confederate soldiers in their church.
The home is on the National HIstoric Register and is owned and operated by Historic Augusta, Inc.
The home was built in 1859 by local stove merchant Aaron H. Jones a native of Maine.
Jones never lived in the house and sold it February 1860 to the trustees of First Presbyterian Church for $10,000. The Wilsons lived in the house for almost 11 years, witnessing the Civil War and Reconstruction. These were the formative years that affected Woodrow Wilson the rest of his life.
The beautiful grounds around First Presbyterian
Not only is First Presbyterian very authentic and carefully preserved inside, the grounds are also a delight to visit. The day I took these pictures it was a hot, steamy day in August. It was cool feeling and very pleasant walking around the grounds and enjoying the scene of this historic church.
Turrets and brickwork on Sacred Heart
This is the side entrance to Sacred Heart.
The windows on this East Bay depict scenes involving Joseph, the flight into Egypt, the birth of Jesus, and the death of Joseph. There are three great rose windows above which provide a kaleidoscipe of color.
There are 15 different styles of brickwork displayed on the exterior of this building.
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
This historic building was built in 1900 and was known as Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 70 years. Now this building has been restored to its original magnificence. In 1987 it was reopened as a Non-profit organization and listed on the National Register of HIstoric Places.
The church building was completed in two years and was built in the Romanesque and Byzntine design. It features intricate brickwork , full turrets and graceful arches.
Enterprise Mill - Restored as Beautiful Apartments
Years ago Augusta was all about cotton. And there were many, many mills to refine this product. Now almost all of them are defunct. However, the Enterprise Mill in Augusta has been beautifully restored as apartments. The Enterprise Mill is right next to the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center, exactly where it was many years ago when it was a high functioning factory.
See the Historic Canal in a Petersburg Boat
The locks at the Augusta Canal headgates were the destination for the men who poled cotton-laden boats from upstate plantations to Augusta. This picture is the area in Columbia County where there is an on-going restoration of these historic gates. This will once again allow boats to move between the canal and the Savannah River.
Tickets for trips on these boats can be purchased at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center in downtown Augusta.
- Sailing and Boating
- Family Travel
Visit the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center
This is the entrance to the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center. This is where you can purchase your tickets to visit the history museum of the canal and also obtain tickets for the boat tours on the canal.
Next to the Interpretive Center are the buildings where the mills were housed.
These buildings are now condominiums and loft apartments.
Augusta Canal Interpretive Center
Downtown Augusta has restored the Enterprise Mill into an interpretive center about the history of cotton in Augusta and of the importance of the Augusta Canal. Petersburg Boat tours are offered here in conjunction with the Mill tour.
The Canal runs from downtown Augusta north paralleling the Savannah River to the rapids in Columbia County. This picture is where the Lock and Dam is being restored at the rapids in Columbia County.
All in all it's a very nice overview of the history of the region and Augusta in particular.
The Lock and Dam now offers a big covered picnic area with water, screened buildings and barbecue pits all located on the Canal.
- Historical Travel
Augusta Richmond County Museum
Inside the museum you will find information from pre-historic life up to our NASA heroine Susan Still. There is a pretty good display about the Civil War in the museum. Augusta made the gun powder for the troops in the South. Augusta was also spared any destruction by Sherman. However, there have been terrible floods in Augusta and a fire in the early part of the 20th Century destroyed many of the grand old homes in the downtown. A real pity.
The Augusta Richmond County Museum building is a relatiively new building. It is very beautiful inside and has a nice gift shop.
- Family Travel
Riverwalk & nearby sites
We walked the red brick Riverwalk & picniced at 1 of the many tables provided. We also went inside the Sacred Heart Cultural Center (lovely church turned civic bldg) & historic Cotton Exchange/Visitors' center. The Riverwalk displays markers 4 previous flood levels when you pass from the Riverwalk toward the street.
I'm sad we missed the Laural & Hardy Museum.
- Family Travel
Go to a Green Jackets Baseball Game (MILB)
Last night be went to a Green Jackets Baseball Game. It was Military Appreciation Night and my husband was in charge of the Flag Ceremony Soldiers at the begining of the game.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
- Adventure Travel
Stained windows in Sacred Heart
These window scenes are drawn from the life of Jesus and are happy ones. These windows were done by Mayer Company of Munich and New York.
Apartment living in the Enterprise Mill
This is another view of the Enterprise Mill apartments. Plenty of parking and beautiful landscaping will be found around this historic place.
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