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.