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There is something old and something new to see here. Originally this was and basically still is the headgate for the Savannah River. The natural rapids here made this point the place where the cotton boats could go no further. The Augusta Canal is also located here as a means of transporting goods through calmer waters. Augusta became the stopping point for traffic up the Savannah River. There is also a walking/running and bike riding path here that goes into the city of Augusta; it's about 7 miles long.
Today the Gatekeeper's Cottage is nicely restored and offers a free short historical talk about the area. There are also a couple of areas for picnics and even a screened in building for barbecues in the summer. Further up the hill there is now a beautiful new building called the Pavillion that can be rented for wedding receptions and other events. It's a popular venue in the Evans area. There is plenty of parking and even more parking is being developed and ongoing.
This is a nice starting place to take out of town guests to get an idea of how the city of Augusta was developed and is impacted by the Savannah River.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Evans, Georgia
We went to lunch at Sho Chin's Asian Kitchen after hearing several good comments about it.
They have a menu that offers lunch and dinner prices. The menu has two parts: pick the meat ingredient and then add the dish to go with it. I had chicken and the spicy Hunan dish which had garlic, broccoli, snap peas, bell peppers, zucinni squash and crunchy green beans. My husband had the chicken with the soy ginger broccoli. Both plates came with fluffy rice, but they do have fried rice for fifty cents extra. The food was fresh and tasty.
When you enter, you pick out your meal and pay for it, then take a number and find a place to sit while they fix the food. Our meal was $5.95 each + tax and tip. They were not busy at all at noon which surprised me because Fridays are usually a busy lunch day. Everything was very clean and service was prompt and friendly. I had to ask for salt and pepper.
I would recommend this place and would like to go back and try the Spicy Garlic.
They are open 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM daily. There is plenty of parking. They have patio dining and there is a nice view of the area from the outdoor area.
Updated Apr 27, 2012
Address: 4466 Washington Road, Evans, GA
Wife Saver is aptly named. When you go here you will appreciate your wife's cooking even if it isn't very good. Wife Saver serves mostly chicken and sea food none of it that well prepared or tasty. There are two in town. I reccommend avoiding both.
Favorite Dish: None
Written Mar 30, 2012
Address: 1100 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, GA
Website: (706) 855-6870
Augsburg Haus is a new addition to the choices of restaurants in Evans. They have a lunch menu that is basically half the price of the dinner menu and it's half the size.
The interior decor has a lot of pictures, license plates, and flags from the Deutchland.
There is a bar area here and overall service for the meals is good.
Favorite Dish: Can't say that I have a favorite but the last time I was there I had the Cordon Bleu which was breaded pork with ham and cheese. It was good! The side was cold German potato salad.
It was pretty typical of the potato salad we've had in Germany. If you have a hankering for German this is a pretty good place to visit.
Price for lunch was $10 including tax and tip - no drink.
Updated Apr 21, 2011
The Shane's in Evans is part of a small chain. Both times we have been there we have had the barbecue sampler platter. It is big enough to split for lunch and it is very tasty. They offer several kinds of barbecue sauce on the table. The inside decor is very casual; there is even a sink by the tables for the diners to wash their hands - how about that.
Favorite Dish: The pulled pork and the chicken tenders.
Updated Mar 9, 2010
Address: 4446 Washington Road, Evans, GA
Fatz is a very nice addition to the choice of restaurants in Evans. This is a chain that was started in Spartanburg, SC in 1988.
It has stayed small and provides good service and good food in a relaxed, comfortable setting.
Favorite Dish: Fatz is known for their Calabash Chicken.
They have several "double" menu items.
They also serve their famous poppy seed rolls when you are being served your beverage after your order has been taken.
You can find these in other cities in South Carolina, such as Greenwood and Columbia and in Tennessee and in Hendersonville, NC.
Updated Jul 18, 2005
Address: Corner of BelAir Rd. and Hereford Farm Rd.
Wildwood Park is open year round for camping and family outings.
The fee is $2 per vehicle.
There are six miles of bike trails, boatramps, picnic shelters, volley-ball areas, and 61 campsites for rent.
Wildwood is about 12 miles northeast of Evans, GA.
Written Oct 21, 2005
Lake Springs Park is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. It is on Lake Thurmond which was formed by Thurmond Dam on the Savannah River.
This is a great place for picnics with lots of shelters and grills and boatramps for boating.
Fee is $4 per vehicle. If you have a National Park Pass or Golden Pass it is $2 per vehicle.
The Park is only open April through September which to me is a pity as two of Georgia's nicest months for outdoor activities are October and November.
Written Oct 21, 2005
Favorite thing: I built this house in Evans, on 10 acres of land at the dead end of a dirt road. I named it Honey Berry Farm, because I had 9 beehives and planted about 1000 rabbiteye blueberry bushes. I also raised a large garden, fruit trees, chickens, goats and other critters. Today the 10 acres has been divided into two lots, and it is no longer called Honey Berry Farm.
Fondest memory: Life was great here in many respects and it was a wonderful place to raise my three sons. However, due do a very difficult divorce, and circumstances beyond my control, I lost the house and land and left Evans bankrupt, broke and unemployed in May of 1992. The house is now owned by another family who seem to love it as much as I did. When I went back to visit, in June of 2006, they recognized me and invited me in to take a nostalgic tour.
Stuff happens. Now, several years later, I have a wonderful loving wife, Karen, and the nicest house I have ever owned. Life is Good!
Updated Jun 29, 2006
Favorite thing: One of the neatest things about living in Evans, and at Honey Berry Farm, is that the County Commission named the road Conn Drive, in my honor. At the time I built my house there it was a one lane dirt road and mine was the first house on it.
I was amazed during my recent visit back to Evans to see that Conn Drive has now been widened, paved and extended. Today Conn Drive is the address for a new school and about 140 very fine homes. I doubt if many people remember where the name came from. Some think it is an abbreviation for Connecticut. I should have had them name it the J. Stephen Conn Boulevard (GRIN).
Updated Jun 29, 2006