If you have lived in the Augusta area any length of time, you know that the city comes with a rich history. There are plenty of spots to learn more about the area’s culture and history, so if you’re spending your summer on a budget and want to find something fun to do without travelling, make a plan to visit some of our local tourist spots!
The national historic landmark was the home of George Walton, the youngest man to sign the Declaration of Independence. In 1791, Walton purchased approximately 100 acres in Augusta Township following a British invasion of Georgia. In 1900, the home was purchased by The Daughters of the American Revolution and has been on display as a museum ever since. Guided tours to Meadow Garden are available Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm. It is located at 1320 Independence Drive in Augusta and admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children aged 6-18 (under 6 are free).
Augusta Museum of History
This museum collects, preserves, and interprets the history of the Augusta and Central Savannah River Area for education and enrichment. It was founded in 1937 and is the city’s oldest historical agency dedicated to the preservation and protection of the area’s history. It is located in downtown Augusta at 560 Reynolds Street and is open for tours Thursday-Saturday from 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Admission is just $4 for adults and $2 for children (free for children under age 5).
The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson
Located in the Downtown Historic District at 419 7th Street, this national historic landmark serves as a house museum depicting the life of the country’s 28th President. You can expect to hear stories of how this home shaped one of the country’s most influential Presidents in a trying time as he was in office during the first World War. Guided tours are available Thursdays-Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students (children under age 5 are free).
Morris Museum of Art
The Morris Museum is located on downtown Augusta’s Riverwalk. It is the oldest museum in the country that is specifically dedicated to artists of the American South. There are 10 different galleries throughout the museum showcasing permanent collections dating from the 18th century to the present. Tours are available Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10:00am-5:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth aged 13-17 and free for children under 13.