Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Washington's Southern Tour
During his Southern tour of 1791, President George Washington visited Augusta--at that time Georgia's capital--from May 18-21. Washington met with Governor Edward Telfair and other "principal gentlemen of the place," including George Walton and John Twiggs; attended a ball at Richmond Academy "at which there were between 60 & 70 well-dressed ladies;" toured the remains of Fort Cornwallis near St. Paul's Church; and visited the falls on the Savannah River. He described the city as "well laid out with wide & spacious streets. It bids fair to be a large town." Washington`s return to Philadelphia began on May 21 when he departed for Columbia, S.C.
Erected 1999 by The Georgia Historical Society, The Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia, and The Sons of the Revolution in the State of Georgia. (Marker Number 121-2.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • Government & Politics • Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, the George Washington Slept Here, and the Georgia Historical Society series lists.
Location. 33° 28.567′ N, 81° 57.655′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Washington St near Reynolds St. At the rear entrance to St Pauls Episcopal Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Marshall Robert Forsyth (a few steps from this marker); Five Indian Nations (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Augusta (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); The Colonial Church of Augusta (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Augusta ~ Fort Cornwallis / St. Paul's Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel William Few, Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major Ferdinand Phinizy (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Also see . . . Other Historical Markers along Washington's Southern Tour . (Submitted on November 2, 2009.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,367 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.