Augusta has a deeply rich historical background, and there are many things you can do to sink into it all. Music legends were raised here, century-old churches still stand, and the town was an important part of the Industrial Revolution. Come enrich yourself in this beautiful part of Georgia.
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French Market Grille
French Market Grille serves the best New Orleans Style Cajun food in a robust and fun environment. The gumbo is spot on and of course anything with crawfish is incredible. Dessert dreams come true when one takes a bite of the fluffy lemon pie.
Riverwalk Augusta winds beside the Savannah River, between 6th and 10th Street. Scenic with Japanese gardens, an amphitheater and breathtaking old railroad bridges can be spotted along the way.
The James Brown Statue
The James Brown Statue honors the soul music legend who grew up in Augusta. He was an essential part of the community and his kind-hearted gestures live on through the area. A camera is situated near the monument and will send a photo of you with the statue to your cell phone.
The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church
The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church is the
oldest Catholic Church in Georgia that’s still standing—the Civil War proved tough on many structures. Built in 1810, the gorgeous Romanesque Revival construction still hosts traditional services.
The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson
In the Historic District is the home in which President Woodrow Wilson grew up during the Civil War. Now operating as a museum, you can take a 45-minute guided tour Thursdays through Saturdays, running every hour. Hours are 10am to 4pm., with admission being just $5.
Morris Museum of Art
On the riverwalk is the elegant Morris Museum of Art, featuring Southern masterpieces from as early as the 18th century. Located on the the second floor of the building, the museum is a must for history and art buffs. Oh, and you’ll get in free on Sunday!
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
The former Mayor of Augusta lived in this gorgeous 1818 home, and it was converted into an institute that displays and educates others about art. Paintings and such from all over the world hang from the walls, and classes are available if you suddenly become inspired. This institute is a non profit organization devoted to teaching the world the importance of art and creativity.
Augusta Canal Discovery Center
In a 19th century cotton mill is the Augusta Canal Discovery Center. The tour extends beyond the building, taking visitors via boat into the historical canal which was heavily used during the Industrial Revolution.
Augusta Museum of History
Yes, there’s lots of history within Augusta, and in 1937 the Augusta Museum of History was designed to preserve 12,000 years of it. The old trolley cart is a big attraction, but there are numerous exhibits to educate about the Central Savannah River Region.
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Sacred Heart Cultural Center was once a Roman Catholic Church, and still sits perfectly preserved along with its intricate stained glass windows and brick architecture. Built in 1897, the center hosts events and choral performances around the holidays. Take a self-guided tour or attend a magical show.