Section 1: 1785 - 1885

OVERVIEW

The Augusta Chronicle stands today as one of this community's oldest institutions.

When it began in 1785 in a printing shop on what is now Fifth Street, George Washington was not yet president, much of Georgia was still Indian territory and no one knew what the future held for the town that was growing on the banks of the Savannah River.

For 225 years, however, that future has been told regularly in the pages of this newspaper.

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People

Tubman's philanthropy touched many

If there was any one person whose time and success in Augusta mirrored the first century of The Augusta Chronicle, it would probably be Emily Tubman, born in 1794 and dying in 1885.

Places

Canal brought industrial might

The Augusta Canal, whose hydropower catapulted the city from economic decline into an industrial empire, was conceived in 1844, when residents launched a campaign that would change the city forever.

Newspaper

Evans man owns 1805 edition

Alan Williams isn't sure what was so special about Oct. 26, 1805, but a copy of that day's Augusta Chronicle has been part of his life for 70 years.
By Rob Pavey

Stories

Augusta celebrates St. Pat's

Other cities might claim larger parades or bigger Irish neighborhoods, but Augusta can put its green tradition up against any of them.


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