A Visit to the Augusta Museum of History – A Wonderful Look at the History of Augusta and the Central Savannah River Area

Augusta, GA – This past weekend, I visited Augusta, GA with the purpose of visiting several of the area’s History museums. The first of those museums I visited was the Augusta Museum of History. It took me a couple of hours to go through the two-story museum, which covers the history of the Augusta region from the Archaic period up to modern day. There’s something for everyone among its exhibitions. There’s Social History about the lives of those who lived in the area, showing how things changed over time. There’s the history of the development of Augusta’s economy and industrialization. One exhibition focuses on the history of Augusta’s fire department and law enforcement. Transportation in Augusta is featured with exhibits on various modes of transportation including canal boat, railroad, public transportation, and the automobile. Multiple exhibits look at the Military History of the Augusta area, from Spanish Exploration onward, including a look at Augusta’s role in the Civil War, a profile of Aquilla James Dyess, and a section on the USS Augusta (CA-31). There is also Popular Culture History, with exhibits on James Brown, an Augusta radio station, and sports.

A look up the tree lined walkway leading to the Augusta Museum of History’s entrance
The Augusta Museum of History’s exhibit about the earliest Native American culture in the Central Savannah River Area
The Augusta Museum of History has exhibits on the area’s Military History, I think this display that allows visitors to feel the physical load a Civil War soldier would have carried is a nice touch to the Civil War exhibit
The Savannah River and Augusta Canal play pivotal roles in Augusta’s History, this Petersburg boat, a reconstruction representative of those used in the Augusta area in the 18th and 19th Century, is so big I couldn’t fit it all in one frame
This 1869 Button Fire Engine Company steam fire engine was used by the Augusta Fire Department during the city’s Great Fire of 1916
1928 Mack Model AB Fire Truck at the Augusta Museum of History
Augusta Fire Department helmet from 1885 at the Augusta Museum of History
Harley Davidson Patrol Motorcycle on display at the Augusta Museum of History, it was used by Richmond County Deputy James Paugh, T-31, killed in the line of duty on 23 October 2011
Birney Safety Coach trolley on display at the Augusta Museum of History
Exhibit on a 1930’s gas station – a 1926 Ford Model T along with vintage Texaco fuel pumps and Coca Cola merchandising
1914 Lima Locomotive Works Georgia Railway steam locomotive #302, the only remaining Georgia Railroad steam locomotive
1914 Lima Locomotive Works Georgia Railway steam locomotive #302, it’s so big I couldn’t get it all in one frame!
Georgia Railroad #302’s coal tender
Southern Railway 1920’s passenger car
In the foreground, one of the capes used by James Brown during his concerts, in the background, some of James Brown’s suits
Augusta Museum of History Exhibit on radio station WBBQ
1952 Dodge Power Wagon work truck used for maintenance at the US Army Corps of Engineers’ J, Strom Thurmond Dam for almost 50 years

Located in downtown Augusta near the Savannah River, the Augusta Riverwalk and a number of restaurants are within walking distance, so you could make a visit to the museum a hub for visiting the downtown Augusta area. The Augusta Museum really is worth visiting, I highly recommend it for anyone interested in History or the Central Savannah River Area. I plan on going back during cooler weather and incorporating visits to the museum’s Ezekiel Harris House as well as other area museums such as the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace.



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