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Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings

 
 
Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings Marker, east face image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
1. Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings Marker, east face
Inscription. East face
In 1973, Augusta College named three of the original arsenal buildings in honor of commandants of the arsenal. Payne Hall, storehouse and later headquarters for the arsenal and administrative building for the university, was named for Matthew Payne, first commandant of the arsenal from 1819 to 1827. He oversaw the purchase of the Walker family land and plans for the relocation of the arsenal from the Savannah River.

North face
The Benet House, the arsenal commandant's home, the college president's home from 1960 to 1987, and administrative offices, became a National Historic Landmark in 1973. Arsenal Commandant J. Walker Benet served here from 1911 to 1919. His son Stephen Vincent Benet wrote poetry here while attending Summerville Academy. Stephen won two Pulitzer Prizes, and his brother William Rose won one.

West face
Rains Hall, once Officers' Quarters, bears the name of George Washington Rains, Confederate Commandant from April 1862 until the arsenal's reoccupation by Union troops in May 1865. Under his supervision, the arsenal manufactured Confederate weapons and other supplies. Rains also choose Augusta for the Confederate Powder Works. Rains Hall has served the university mainly as administrative offices.


 
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Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings Marker, north face image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
2. Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings Marker, north face
2011 by Augusta State University.
 
Location. 33° 28.565′ N, 82° 1.415′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on near Patriot Drive near near Arsenal Avenue. Click for map. Located on campus of Augusta State University. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30904, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stephen Vincent Benet House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bell at Augusta State University (within shouting distance of this marker); Bellevue (within shouting distance of this marker); The Augusta Arsenal (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Augusta State University (about 800 feet away); Walker Family Cemetery (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named The Augusta Arsenal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Augusta Arsenal 1941 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .  Augusta State University, Arsenal History. The buildings were completed in 1828 with the first occupants being Company C, Second Artillery. During the later part of that year, the arsenal was already supplying arms for the Georgia militia and for the Harper's Ferry Armory. (Submitted on September 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings Marker, west face image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
3. Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings Marker, west face
Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
4. Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings Marker
Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings Marker and Payne Hall image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
5. Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings Marker and Payne Hall
<i>Payne Hall,</i> as mentioned, named for Matthew Payne, first commandant of the arsenal image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
6. Payne Hall, as mentioned, named for Matthew Payne, first commandant of the arsenal
In November 1826 Congress authorized the purchase of 72 acres on a hilltop site for the relocation purpose by the Arsenal's first commander Captain Matthew M. Payne, from Freeman Walker.
<i>Benet House,</i> National Register of Historic Places: *** (added 1971 - - #71000286) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
7. Benet House, National Register of Historic Places: *** (added 1971 - - #71000286)
* See nearby markers
First built 1816 rebuilt on this site 1826 Home of famous author Stephen Vincent Benet whose father Colonel James Walker Benet commanded Augusta Arsenal 1911 to 1919
Augusta College 3 Original Arsenal Buildings; <i>Benet / Commandant's House</i> image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
8. Augusta College 3 Original Arsenal Buildings; Benet / Commandant's House
<i>Rains Hall</i> image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
9. Rains Hall
Confederate Commandant from April 1862 until the arsenal's reoccupation by Union troops in May 1865.
Augusta College 3 Original Arsenal Buildings ; Rains Hall,bears the name of George Washington Rains image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
10. Augusta College 3 Original Arsenal Buildings ; Rains Hall,bears the name of George Washington Rains
Col. Rains commanded the powder works, the arsenal, and other city works, which contributed to the war effort. The arsenal also produced cavalry equipment, field gear, bayonet scabbards, and cartridge boxes.
Rains Hall image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
11. Rains Hall
Presented by Historic Augusta, Inc.
In recognition of Augusta College's
success in preservation, restoration, and
adaptive use.
Original Arsenal Buildings seen from the old parade grounds. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
12. Original Arsenal Buildings seen from the old parade grounds.
(l) Payne Hall (r) Benet / Commandant's House
Site of the Confederate Powder Works, as mentioned image. Click for more information.
By Mike Stroud, August 7, 2011
13. Site of the Confederate Powder Works, as mentioned
The Chimney is all that remains from Original site
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Augusta State College now restored Arsenal Gatehouse and Museum image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 30, 2011
14. Augusta State College now restored Arsenal Gatehouse and Museum
 
 
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