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.
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.