Graveyard attracts visitors

Riverside landmark was erected in 1919
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.

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 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.

Camp Hancock was a tent city to house troops
Confederate soldier still stands tall
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