Fun Facts

  • Interesting facts and trivia can enhance any trip or vacation. Aside from adding nuance to your sightseeing, such tidbits of knowledge bring a touch of flair to the stories you’ll tell people back home.
  • Augusta was established in 1736 by General James Edward Oglethorpe.
  • Augusta was named after Princess Augusta of Wales.
  • Augusta's elite lived along Broad, Greene and Telfair streets. They were known as “Pinch Gut” for the corseted ladies who inhabited the area.
  • Augusta was twice capital of Georgia.
  • The Medical College of Georgia was the state’s first medical school.
  • In the late 1800s, Augusta staked out a claim as a resort city. Guests included President William H. Taft, John D. Rockefeller, and Harvey Firestone.
  • Bobby Jones built the Augusta National Golf Club and hosted its First Invitational Tournament in 1934.
  • The great fire of 1916 consumed 25 blocks in downtown Augusta.
  • At least 10 Confederate generals were either born in the Augusta area, called it home at one time, or are buried here.
  • Two signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried in Augusta.
  • The Augusta Chronicle is the south's oldest newspaper.
  • The Georgia Republican Party and the Southern Baptist Convention were both started in Augusta.
  • Augusta's Springfield Baptist Church is the oldest independently formed African-American congregation still meeting on its original site. It is also where Morehouse College originated.
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, built in 1749, is the third oldest Episcopal Church in Georgia.
  • Ty Cobb's baseball career began with the Augusta Tourists in 1904.
  • Novelist Frank Yerby was born in Augusta and attended Paine College before leaving for Europe.
  • Augusta is the home of the "Godfather of Soul," singer James Brown and the famous Metropolitan Opera star, soprano Jessye Norman.
  • It is rumored that George Washington's dog is buried in Augusta.