HISTORY

Augusta epitomizes the Classic South and is home to the famous Augusta National Golf Course. Founded as a trading post during the British colonial period, the city showcases Antebellum mansions, hallowed historic sites, and quiet, tree-lined avenues perfect for relaxing strolls.

While Augusta celebrates its colorful past, it is equally proud of its exciting present. Nestled on the banks of the mighty Savannah River, the Garden City is a blend of Southern charm and city fun, arts and culture, shopping and fine cuisine with dynamic recreation. In no time at all, you’ll understand why Augusta is the best-kept secret along the Savannah River.

Founded in 1736, Augusta is steeped in history – boasting architecturally rich sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk slowly through Augusta’s tree-lined streets. You’ll soon sense it. Time seems to stand still, and the echoes of the past guide you to some of the South’s most intriguing landmarks.

Experience majestic antebellum mansions during the Summerville Tour of Homes. Visit the home of George Walton, the two-time Georgia governor and the youngest original signer of the Declaration of Independence. Explore the restored childhood home of Woodrow Wilson, where the former president lived during the Civil War.

Speaking of the Civil War, the campus of Augusta State University is the site of an arsenal captured by Georgia troops and used to the aid the Confederacy. Spend a day at the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area , the nation’s oldest industrial power canal, and get a view of the Confederate Powderworks Chimney , the city's only surviving Confederate-built structure.