The Guard House Museum welcomes visitors from all over to the historic Augusta University Summerville Campus.

Established in 2004, the museum has served the community as a history headquarters. Visitors can explore the historic Summerville Campus, where Augusta's U.S. Arsenal operated for more than 125 years. Visitors will learn the story of Augusta University, and its many legacy institutions, including the Medical College of Georgia and Richmond Academy.

The history of the surrounding Sand Hills and Summerville historic districts is told through a timeline exhibition spanning more than 200 years of higher education and development in the city of Augusta.

The museum reopened on October 20, 2022, and will serves as a welcome center for visitors wishing to explore the history walk that circles the Summerville Campus. Please plan to visit the museum during our opening hours and special events to learn more about Augusta University's rich history.

The museum operating hours will be from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Guided tours are available upon appointment. Book a guided tour HERE!

Contact Us

Guard House Museum

Summerville Campus

Guard House Museum

Stacey Thompson
Museum Director


Like No Other

The Museum's History

The United States Army Arsenal Guard House was built in 1866 at the entrance to the U.S. Arsenal grounds, located at the corner of Walton Way and Katherine Street. The building served U.S. troops and functioned as security headquarters during the Reconstruction era (1866-1877). The building eventually fell into disuse and disrepair after becoming part of the university's grounds. In 2003, the Guard House was restored thanks to a campaign by Summerville residents and university faculty and staff who wanted to restore the building and establish a History Walk. This was made possible through a generous gift from Ann Boardman in honor of her son-in-law Maxcy Paul Brown, as well as a grant from the state of Georgia. The restoration effort won a preservation award from Historic Augusta.

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Location and Parking

Please park in the visitor parking area behind Washington Hall. Additionally, there is often parking on Katherine Street available. The Museum is located behind Galloway Hall on the History Walk.


Guard House Museum


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Stacey Thompson

  • Museum Director


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Kim Davies, PhD

photo of Ruth McClelland-Nugent, PhD

Ruth McClelland-Nugent, PhD

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Jennifer Trunzo, PhD

photo of Melissa DeVelvis, PhD

Melissa DeVelvis, PhD

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Stephen Hardy

photo of David Bulla, PhD

David Bulla, PhD

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Stefane Raulerson, EdD

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Lee Ann Caldwell

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Khadejah Bates

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Morgan Hayes

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William Hatcher, PhD

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Mike Kessler, PhD

Support Us

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the museum and becoming a Friend of the Museum!