Graveyard attracts visitors

Riverside landmark was erected in 1919

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Many of Augusta's grand old landmarks are gone, but St. Paul's Episcopal Church remains a familiar sight on Reynolds Street near the Savannah River. The church, as the old headstones in its graveyard can testify, has been part of the city's history since its beginnings.

The original St. Paul's church was built in 1750 at the site of Fort Augusta. Other structures followed, including the one destroyed by the Great Fire of 1916.   Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
The original St. Paul's church was built in 1750 at the site of Fort Augusta. Other structures followed, including the one destroyed by the Great Fire of 1916.

The first St. Paul's was constructed in 1750 at the site of Fort Augusta, a British military outpost. Other structures followed, including one destroyed by the Great Fire of 1916. The current building, a Georgian colonial design by renowned Augusta architect H.T.E. Wendell, was completed in 1919.

St. Paul's historic graveyard attracts many visitors. Sixty-five tombstones date back to 1783, but the actual number of people buried on church property might be much higher. Remains of well-known people resting in St. Paul's churchyard include Georgia Gov. George Matthews, who held office in the 18th century; Col. 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.

About the series

The Augusta Chronicle looks at historic monuments around the city and compares what they were with what they have become.

MONDAY: Camp Hancock

TODAY: St. Paul's Episcopal Church

WEDNESDAY: 700 block of Broad Street

THURSDAY: Broad Street stores and monuments

FRIDAY: Academy of Richmond County

SATURDAY: Meadowgarden

SUNDAY: Augusta Arsenal

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airbud7
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airbud7 04/05/11 - 08:29 am
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Is William Few really buried

Is William Few really buried on the church property? He was originally buried in Beacon, New York and his body was later reinterred at St. Paul's Church. Seems like a long horse&buggy ride? (no trains until 1833)

Don Rhodes
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Don Rhodes 04/05/11 - 10:00 am
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Yes, that's correct. His

Yes, that's correct. His remains in 1973 were transferred from a cemetery in New York state thanks to the efforts of then Ga. Gov. Jimmy Carter and then NY Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. Other notable graves in St. Paul's includes George Steptoe Washington, nephew of George Washington and brother-in-law of Dolly Madison; Ambrose Gordon, great-grandfather of Girl Scouts of the USA founder Juliette Gordon Low; and Robert Forsyth, the first federal law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the United States. --- DON RHODES

airbud7
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airbud7 04/05/11 - 10:21 am
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Well how about that!!! I

Well how about that!!! I wonder why it was important to have a body moved 145 years later? Although Im sure Mr Few didn't complain.

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rmwhitley 04/05/11 - 03:23 pm
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I hope He enjoyed the ride.
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I hope He enjoyed the ride.

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