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
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
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
Meadow Garden - Home of George Walton
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.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
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.
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.
The Augusta National
The Augusta National is on Washington Road. It's very low-key entrance is easy to miss if you don't know what you're looking for. If you turn in at this sign there is a big metal gate: Members Only!
If you come during the week of The Masters the gate is open to visitors with a Ticket!
Sorry this under "to do" because it's really something "you can't do". Just wanted to be inclusive.
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.
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.
First Presbyterian Church - Incorporated 1804
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.
- Historical Travel
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.
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art -"Ware's Folly"
This Federal Style House now houses the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. Built in 1818 for Nicholas Ware the mayor of Augusta it was dubbed "Ware's Folly". It cost $40,000 to build this uniquely designed house. Now it is a center for art classes and changing art shows.
Still containing original glass windows one of the windows has an etching on it with the initials of previous owners from the 1880's.
Visit the Joseph Lamar House
The Joseph Lamar House is next door to the boyhood home of Woodrow Wilson. He was a Supreme Court Justice during the adminstration of Woodrow Wilson.
Historic Augusta, Inc. now has their headquarters in this restored home.
Joseph Lamar was born in Ruckersville, GA on October 14, 1857, but grew up in the house on Telfair when his father, James S. Lamar became the Pastor of First Christian Church. Joseph Lamar studied law at Washington and Lee and clerked for an Augusta lawyer. He practiced law in Augusta until 1903. He was appointed Supreme Court Justice by President Howard Taft December 12, 1910. He served on the Supreme Court for five years and died January 2, 1916. He is buried in Summerville Cemetery in Augusta, GA.
Original site of Fort Augusta
Behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church is the Celtic Cross that marks the site of the original Fort Augusta.
This is a lovely area and the steps lead up to the Riverwalk on the Savannah River.
The day I was there it was a hot August day but this area was cool and inviting.
Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens
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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