Historical Markers in
Richmond County, Georgia

4th Infantry (Ivy) Division A Memorial To Eli Whitney American Gold Star Mothers Tribute Archibald Willingham Butt Memorial Bridge Army National Guard Augusta Arsenal Augusta Arsenal 1941 Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings Augusta Confederate Monument Augusta Cotton Exchange Augusta State University Author "The Young Marooners" Bell System at Augusta, Georgia Bellevue Bicentennial Augusta, Ga Birthplace of General Joseph Wheeler Birthplace of the Augusta Chronicle Bobby Jones and the Beginning of the Grand Slam Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson Church Of The Most Holy Trinity Colonel William Few, Jr. Colonial Augusta Confederate Obelisk-Chimney Confederate Powder Works Cotton Curtis Baptist Church De L Aigle Brick Yard De L Aigle Brick Yards De Soto In Georgia Dennis Cahill Dr. John M. Tutt Emily Harvie Thomas Tubman Emily Tubman Monument Eve Explosion At The Confederate Powder Works Family Burying Ground on Good Hope Plantation First Baptist Church Convention First Christian Church First Ebenezer Baptist Church Five Indian Nations Floods Fort Augusta Fort Augusta ~ Fort Cornwallis / St. Paul's Episcopal Church Fort Grierson Founding of Augusta Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs, U.S.A. General George Washington General James Edward Oglethorpe George Walton Georgia R.R. & Banking Co. Georgia's State Capital Georgia’s First School of Medicine Great Indian Trading Path Great Indian Warrior / Trading Path Haines Normal and Industrial Institute Hephzibah Methodist Church Historic Site in Journalism Home of Governor Telfair Home of John Forsyth Home of Richard Henry Wilde Indians Industrial Heritage James Brown (Plaza) James Edward Oglethorpe James Ryder Randall Jefferson Davis Bridge Jessye Norman John McClinton Tutt Joseph R. Lamar, Associate Justice Joseph Wheeler LaFayette Visits Augusta Liberty Methodist Church Lucy Craft Laney Magnolia Cemetery Major Ferdinand Phinizy Meadow Garden Meadow Garden Medical College Building Montrose Navigation Old Medical College Original Augusta Common - 1736 Paine College Paine College Founding Site Paul Fitzsimmons Eve Pierce Memorial Methodist Church Railroads Richmond County Samuel Hammond Signal Corps Aviation School Spirit Creek Baptist Church Springfield Baptist Church Birthplace of Morehouse College St. James United Methodist Church Stephen Vincent Benet House Stoney Nurses Home Summerville Cemetery Tank, Combat, 90MM Gun Thankful Baptist Church The Augusta Arsenal The Augusta Arsenal The Augusta Canal The Augusta Canal The Augusta Canal The Bell at Augusta State University The Colonial Church of Augusta The Confederate States Powder Works The First Academy of Richmond County The First Baptist Church The First Presbyterian Church The Great Fire of 1916 The Home of Charles Jones Jenkins, Jr., LL. D. The Levee The Mayham Tower The Medical College of Georgia The Rotary Club of Augusta The Signer's Monument The Sisters of Saint Joseph In Augusta The Veterans of 1898-1902 The “Haunted” Pillar of the Lower Market Troop K Georgia Cavalry Twiggs Cemetery Two Early Augusta Churches U.S. Marshal Robert Forsyth Untitled (Georgia Railroad and Banking Company) Veterans of All Wars Village of Summerville Walker Family Cemetery Ware High School Washington's Southern Tour White HouseTract William Bartram Trail William Bartram Visited Augusta, 1773. William Schley 1786 - 1858 Woodmen Of The World Memorial World War
The state of Georgia was once home to a thriving film industry, with Hollywood studios establishing themselves in Atlanta in the early 20th century. However, the industry largely moved to California after the introduction of sound in films made outdoor filming difficult due to the noise pollution of the city.
Richmond County, Georgia, has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1777. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Creek and Cherokee, the area saw European settlement during the 18th century. The county was named after Charles Lennox, the Duke of Richmond, who was a supporter of the American Revolution.

In the early years, Richmond County thrived as a farming community, with rice and indigo being major crops. The Augusta Canal, completed in 1845, played a crucial role in the county's development by facilitating transportation and powering mills. It also served as a defensive line during the Civil War.

During the Civil War, Richmond County played a key role due to its strategic location near the Georgia–South Carolina border and the important railroads. Several battles took place in the area, including the Battle of Augusta, which resulted in the occupation of the city by Union forces. After the war, the county experienced both economic recovery and racial tensions.

Throughout the 20th century, Richmond County saw significant growth and development. The establishment of Fort Gordon in 1941 brought military presence and stimulated the local economy. Augusta, the county seat, became known for its annual Masters Tournament, one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world.

Today, Richmond County continues to be a thriving community with a diverse economy that includes manufacturing, healthcare, education, and tourism. It is home to many cultural and historical landmarks, including the Augusta National Golf Club, the Augusta Museum of History, and the Morris Museum of Art. With a population of over 200,000, Richmond County remains a vibrant and historically significant part of Georgia's history.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Richmond County, Georgia.

  • 1733 - Richmond County is established as a part of the Georgia Colony
  • 1750s - Fort Augusta is constructed on the Savannah River to protect settlers from Native American attacks
  • 1780 - British forces occupy Augusta during the American Revolutionary War
  • 1781 - Local militia under the command of Elijah Clarke successfully recaptures Augusta from the British
  • 1798 - The City of Augusta is incorporated
  • 1828 - The Georgia Railroad reaches Augusta, boosting its economy and population
  • 1845 - The Augusta Canal is completed, providing a reliable water source and improving transportation
  • 1861 - The American Civil War begins, and Augusta becomes an important supply and manufacturing center for the Confederate Army
  • 1865 - Augusta falls under Union control towards the end of the Civil War
  • 1870 - The Augusta Chronicle, the city's oldest newspaper, is founded
  • 1891 - The Medical College of Georgia is established in Augusta
  • 1914 - The Augusta National Golf Club is founded, eventually hosting the Masters Tournament
  • 1950s - The city experiences significant growth and becomes a major industrial and transportation hub
  • 2006 - Richmond County consolidates with the City of Augusta to form a consolidated government