Monday, February 28, 2011

First Sign of Spring

Whether you call it Daffodil or Jonquil or screams spring!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

ASU Campus Bench

A perfect spot to sit after a stroll on the Augusta State University campus.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Abandoned Jones Street Building

I don't know the history of this building and from the photo, I can't make out the painted letters. I must go back and see what information I can scrounge up.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Old Medical College

Old Medical College, a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1835 to serve as home to the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), the third-oldest medical college in the Southeast. The Old Medical College served the school well into the Civil War period and beyond. MCG moved to a new location and since 1913, this building has been used for other educational, civic and social purposes.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pedestrian Bridge across the Canal

A wide, level towpath once used by mules to pull canal boats to the headgates, today is a popular recrational trail for hikers, cyclists and runners. The pedestrian bridge crosses the Augusta Canal and leads to the trail. Download a Canal map here.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

William Bartram Trail

The William Bartram Trail celebrates the life and writings of William Bartram, noted botanist who explored the Southeast in the years 1773-1776. The trail approximates his route through North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. Citizen groups have tried to keep the trail marked on some of its 220 miles. Unfortunately, the trail is only partially maintained. In the area around Augusta, the trail is repeatedly bisected by modern obstructions. Nevertheless, this portion makes for a great stroll.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rocker on the Veranda

Buds are starting to form on the early blooming trees and spring is just a month away. Since relocating from the northeast, my tolerance for long winters has waned. I'm ready for spring, aren't you?

Clearly, this is not a current photo.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Confederate Monument - Broad Street

The Confederate Monument was commissioned by the Ladies Memorial Association in 1875 at a cost of $17,331.35. This seventy-six foot tall granite and marble monument was dedicated on October 31, 1878.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Holy Trinity Church Steeple

The full foliage and the bright blue sky gives this photo a spring like feel, although it was taken in December. It matches the weather we've been having lately.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tuesday Concert

The Saint Paul Tuesday Concerts, a 13 concert series runs from September through March. The free 30-minute concerts, open to the publc are held in the nave of the Church. The concerts include musical styles ranging from classical to jazz. This photo shows the Atlanta based flute and harp duet of Kimoni Duo from almost a year ago.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Gertrude Herbert Institue of Art

This rather elegant staircase leads to the back of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art (GHIA). GHIA, founded in 1937 and housed in Ware's Folly, is the Central Savannah River Area's only indendent non-profit visual art school and gallery. The work of local and regional artists is showcased in at least six major exhiits of contemporary art each year.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Eighth & Telfair Streets

The Church of the Most Holy Trinity and the U.S. Courthouse are both located on the corner of 8th and Telfair Streets.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Savannah Rapids

I visited Savannah Rapids yesterday in search of some sign other than moderate temperatures that spring is near. Unfortunately, the treeline is still pretty brown with no discernible buds yet on the trees. I've included the same view taken last October.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Union Station Cupola

Union Station opened in 1903 at 525 8th Street and served the following railroads: Atlantic Coast Line, Central of Georgia, Charleston & Western Carolina, Georgia Railroad, Georgia & Florida and Southern Railway. The station was closed in 1968 and demolished in 1972. This cupola was rescued before demolition and currently sits in the front yard of the Old Richmond Academy on Telfair Street.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church, 642 Telfair Street, was organized in 1804. Reverend Joseph R. Wilson (father of President Woodrow Wilson) was pastor of the Church from 1858 to 1870.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Old Richmond Academy

The Academy of Richmond County, established in 1783,  is the 5th oldest existing high school in America and the oldest in the South. This structure on Telfair Street opened in 1802 and closed in 1926. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

ASU Jazz Ensemble

The Augusta State University Department of Music, under the direction of Dr. Rob Foster, presents the ASU Jazz Ensemble, a talented group of student and teacher-artists in concert. These concerts always provide some of the best jazz in the region. The next one will be held on Tuesday, February 15th at Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Cyclist riding through Augusta State University campus..

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Canal Boat Tour

Petersburg Boat Tours offers open air trips on the Augusta Canal where you’ll get to see working 19th century textile mills, the Confederate Powder Works site, and two of Georgia’s only remaining 18th century houses. Wildlife including heron, otter, and even the occasional alligator can be seen.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Library Bookshop

The Friends of the Library operate a used bookstore located in the downtown Augusta branch of the East Central Georgia Regional Library system. Donated books and other materials of all genres are on sale for the benefit of the Library.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson

The boyhood home of the 28th President of the United States, located at 419 7th Street in downtown Augusta is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The house was built in 1859 and sold to the Trustees of the First Presbyterian Church. The home was then offered to Reverend Joseph Ruggles Wilson in 1860 as incentive to stay in Augusta as the Church's Pastor. When the Wilson family left Augusta in 1870, the future President was 14 years old, having spent the formative years of his childhood in Augusta.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

6th Street Railroad Bridge

Two freight trains pass through Augusta in each direction daily over this multi-span structure. Here's another view of this bridge.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Got Junk?

I think the rusted claw-foot tub in front of this Broad Street store gives you a good idea of what items the Frog Hollow General Store sells.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Imperial Theatre Face of Tragedy

The Imperial Theatre opened on February 18, 1918 as the Wells Theatre for the presentation of vaudeville and photoplays to the Augusta community. According to a newspaper account, opening night ticket prices ranged from $0.15 to $0.35. Nine months after opening, the Theatre was sold and renamed the Imperial Theatre.Today, the Theatre is the home of the Augusta Opera, the Augusta Ballet, as well as the venue for live music and theatrical events.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

First Christian Church

First Christian Church was established in Augusta in 1835 and relocated to its current location on the corner of Greene and McIntosh Streets in 1874. Restoration of the structure began in 1989.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

White's Water Tower

The water tower sits atop the former J. B. White's Department Store, founded in 1874. It was one of the first department stores in the country and for many years the leading department store in Augusta. Located on Augusta's Broad Street, the last downtown store, which opened in 1925, was closed in 1978 when it was replaced with a new store at the mall. The store remained empty for nearly 30 years until a project to redevelop the building into condominiums, retail and office space was begun. Unfortunately, the project is only partially completed.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Theme Day - Fountains

When the temperature drops below 32°, this is what happens! This photo was originally posted eight weeks ago.

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