Founded in 1736, Augusta is Georgia's second oldest and
second largest city. General James Oglethorpe founded Augusta
along the bank of the Savannah River. The city was named
in honor of the Princess of Wales (Augusta).
Augusta was once the capital of Georgia and has the largest number of historically
significant homes and facilities, such as: the Cotton Exchange, established
in 1872, supplied local businessmen with cattle and grain quotations from
Chicago, stock averages from New York and daily market prices for cotton;
Woodrow Wilson's (twenty-eigth president of the United States) child hood
home; Ezekial Harris House; George Walton (signer of the Declaration of Independence)
home and many more historical places of interest.
CELEBRITIES OF AUGUSTA
Augusta is home to the godfather of soul, James Brown. The birthplace of Amy
Grant, Laurence Fishburne, Jessye Norman, Terri Gibbs, Danny Glover, Joe
Penney, Boxer Ray Mercer, Novelist Frank Yerby, WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan and
pro golfer Larry Mize. Ty Cobb, a great baseball player of his time - made
his home in Augusta.
Today the city is recognized for its state of the art medical facilities, it
growing business sector and the Masters Golf Tournament.
*taken from the Augusta Chamber of Commerce