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St. Paul's Episcopal Church is a window to Augusta's past.

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St. Paul's current building was completed in 1919, 169 years after the church's founding.   File/Staff
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St. Paul's current building was completed in 1919, 169 years after the church's founding.

The 260-year-old institution, established by the Church of England during America's Colonial era, marks the city's birthplace along the Savannah River.

St. Paul's first building was constructed in 1750 at the site of Fort Augusta, a British military outpost.

The present-day building, a Georgian colonial design by renowned Augusta architect H.T.E. Wendell, was completed in 1919, replacing the building lost in the great fire of 1916.

St. Paul's historic graveyard is a must-see for many visitors. Sixty-five tombstones date back to 1783.

Remains of well-known people resting in St. Paul's churchyard include Georgia Gov. George Matthews, who held office in the 18th century; William Few, who signed the U.S. Constitution; and inventor William Longstreet, who developed a steamboat engine nine years before Robert Fulton's Hudson River experiments in New York.

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