“One of the things we have is a boat tour we’re doing this year for the first time,” said marketing director Rebecca Rogers.
The series, called “After Amen Corner: Augusta’s Golf Heritage,” will include guided lectures aboard a Petersburg boat as it cruises along the canal and Lake Olmstead, formed by Rae’s Creek.
“It’ll be a combination of geography, history and how the Augusta area’s topography lent itself to becoming a famous place for golf courses,” Rogers said.
The special boat tours will be held Friday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and will depart and
return to the floating docks at Julian Smith Park on Lake Olmstead, Rogers said.
Regular boat tours will continue from Enterprise Mill on Greene Street, which also houses the Interpretive Center for
the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area.
The center, housed in a redeveloped, historic textile mill on the canal’s bank, includes an operating hydropower demonstration turbine and exhibits that trace the canal’s design, construction and post-Civil War expansion.
Other exhibits, videos and programs trace the canal’s role in fueling the industrial growth of the textile industry, which once flourished in many southern towns.
The National Heritage Area program is administered by the National Park Service. The canal’s Congressional designation was bestowed in 1996.