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Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The “Haunted” Pillar of the Lower Market

 
 
The “Haunted” Pillar of the Lower Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, February 28, 2005
1. The “Haunted” Pillar of the Lower Market Marker
Inscription. On this site stood The Lower Market. Fire destroyed an early structure in 1829. The rebuilt market, with its bell that could be heard throughout the city, was a center of agricultural and livestock trade. A freakish, cyclone blasted the structure in 1878 and local citizens moved the only column left standing to its present location at 5th (Centre) and Broad Streets. According to local tradition, a wandering “exhorter” predicted that anyone who pulled down the pillar would be struck dead by lightning. Although the city rebuilt the market, it no longer proved useful and, in 1891, the market was dismantled.
 
Erected 1996 by The Reverend Pierre Robert Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.
 
Location. 33° 28.377′ N, 81° 57.527′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street (U.S. 25) and 5th Street, in the median on Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of the Augusta Chronicle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. James United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2
The “Haunted” Pillar of the Lower Market Marker, looking east along Broad Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
2. The “Haunted” Pillar of the Lower Market Marker, looking east along Broad Street
miles away); Jefferson Davis Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Academy of Richmond County (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Signer's Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richmond County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army National Guard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Augusta ~ Fort Cornwallis / St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Regarding The “Haunted” Pillar of the Lower Market. The pillar standing near this marker is neither original, nor in the original spot. The original pillar was destroyed in an automobile accident in 1935. It was rebuilt by local business owners, and moved to its present location.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USNotable Places
 
Marker, at far left and the existing pillar. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2010
3. Marker, at far left and the existing pillar.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,700 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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