As we all practice safe social distancing in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, there is no better time than now to explore Augusta’s rich history…from the safety of your car! A scenic drive through the Augusta Downtown Historic District with your family can help relax your mind during these stressful times. It can also be a fun way to learn about our community’s storied history.
As always, we encourage everyone to practice safe social distancing and avoid unnecessary contact any time they leave the house.
Augusta Downtown Historic District
Augusta was laid out in 1736 with major streets set parallel to the Savannah River. The Augusta Downtown Historic District — listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 —features several of the city’s oldest churches, houses and government buildings.
Just by driving around Augusta, you can witness the various stages of American history:
- The Academy of Richmond County: built in 1783, the Academy was the first educational institute in Georgia and is currently Augusta’s oldest building
- Old Government House: built in 1801, this Federalist-style building housed the local city government in the pre-Civil War era before being converted into the elegant mansion we see today.
- Augusta Cotton Exchange Building: built in the mid-1880s at the height of the city’s cotton boom, this ornate building is a fine example of High Victorian architecture.
- Lamar Building: this 16-story skyscraper was completed in 1918 and has been Augusta’s tallest building ever since.
There are plenty of beautiful landmarks everywhere you look in the Augusta Downtown Historic District. From eye-catching architecture to the lush rows of trees that line the street, a relaxing drive through our charming community is exactly what we all need right now.
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