Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Augusta, GA
I have only been in this church once and that was during a Sunday morning mass. I housed an exchange student from Poland for a period of time and we went to mass at Church of the Most Holy Trinity.
This church was built in the Romanesque Style during the time of the Civil War. It took quite a while for it to be completed due to the Union blockades at Southern Ports. The cornerstone was laid July 19, 1857 and was consecrated April 12, 1863.
Smith and Crane Carvers served as the contractors for the church.The DeLaigle family and the Phinizy family of Augusta provided the bricks.
This is a very pleasant church to view from the outside. It is surrounded by nice gardens. The inside has also been well cared for.
The Old Government House
This wonderful building was designed in 1801 to serve as the center of Government for the city of Augusta. It has also been the home of a number of esteemed families in Augusta.
Restored by the city of Augusta the building now serves as a reception hall and also features changing art exhibits.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Located at 605 Reynolds Street this is the 4th building on this site which was originally the Ft. Augusta complex. The fire of 1916 which swept through much of downtown Augusta was the demise of the third structure.
Ft. Augusta was constructed by the British in 1739, followed by the first St. Paul's.
The cemetery around the church was used by the colonials through 1816. This is the resting place of many notable Georgians.
The church is open Monday through Friday 9:00 to 5:00, Saturday 10:00 to 12:00.
Entrance to Sacred Heart Cultural Center
It was difficult to take pictures of the exterior of this place because of its size and the abundance of trees surrounding it. Of course, that all adds to its charm.
The window over the entrance shows the Last Supper.
The front facade displays bold stonework which contrasts in color and texture with the rich complexity of the brickwork. There are fifteen different styles of brickwork displayed.
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.
Step inside Ware's Folly
Tours are given at this magnificent house.
It is open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 to 5:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 2:00.
Admission is charged.
When on the tour and looking at the wonderful architecture, take a good look in the original window glass upstairs. One of the windows has etching of initials from a child of one of the early, if not the original owner.
The Brahe House
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.
Brenda Lee got her start here at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Ga in 1956. She was discovered by Red Foley. Brenda Mae Tarpley lived in a small house off Gordon Highway. She is known for hits: "I'm Sorry" and "All Alone am I" and numerous others.
The website shown below gives information about numerous celebs and influential personalities born in or very near Augusta.
Not all performed at The Bell. Some performed in the U.S. Senate and other honorary places in the world.
George Washington Slept Here
George Washington came to Augusta in 1791. There are several monuments that recognize this visit. This monument is behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Reynolds Street. Behind the monument you can see the cemetery that was used in Colonial day. There are many notable Georgians buried here. Some of the stones are broken and laying down on the grave.
Some of the grave has stone covering over the entire grave. These seem to be in better condition.
Augusta' s Imperial Theater
The Imperial Theater is one of those grand old movie theaters that closed for a period of time when the downtown left for the Malls.
However, thankfully there are individuals that have a real desire to see downtown revitalized and one of the projects was the restoration and preservation of the Imperial Theater. The inside has been restored to its original beauty and now provides innovative performing arts venue.
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The Cotton Exchange in downtown Augusta, GA
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.
Step inside St. Paul's
St. Paul's is open every week day to the public. It's a beautiful place to come for some quiet time and reflect on the history of Augusta.
During the fall and winter there are special muscial programs at lunch time for a small fee, which includes a box lunch and some wonderful classic music.
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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2nd largest Ginko Tree in the U.S.
Another shot of the Old Government Building. It's a little difficult to see in this picture, the tree to the top right corner is recognized as the 2nd largest Ginko Tree in the U.S. Supposedly it was planted in 1791 to commemorate George Washington's visit to Augusta, Ga.
There is also the biggest Magnolia Tree I've ever seen just to the right of the Ginko.
Telfair Street must have been really grand back in its day. However, the homes and buildings did not have the blessing of the large trees that grace the grounds we see and visit today.
St. James Methodist Church on Greene Street
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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