Written by one4walking on 09 Aug, 2005
These two historic cemeteries are rich in American history and a must for Civil War buffs. Even today they are as divided as the Union was when the first shots were fired at Ft. Sumter. On one side of 2nd Street is the…Read More
These two historic cemeteries are rich in American history and a must for Civil War buffs. Even today they are as divided as the Union was when the first shots were fired at Ft. Sumter. On one side of 2nd Street is the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Overgrown and seemingly forgotten, Cedar Grove is where slaves and later "freedmen" were buried. In contrast, on the other side of 2nd Street is the lush Magnolia Cemetery donned with ancient oaks and shaded with beautiful magnolias, where confederate soldiers and politicians from all eras are buried. There are more than 500 Confederate soldiers and 7 generals buried among the 60 acres in Magnolia Cemetery.
Records show many famous black Augustans are buried in Cedar Grove, including the first black dentist, the first black person voted to legislature in Georgia, and so on. According to www.augusta.gov, the people there were listed as property until 1865. Men and women buried there after 1865 were recorded as "freedmen." This website is great for quick information, but is not a substitute for going to these places. Walking in the peaceful park is unexplainable. It is overgrown and grave markers saying, "Gone but not forgotten," seem to contradict themselves.
Across the street at Magnolia Cemetery, Confederate flags fly high above the graves and sweet-smelling Magnolias. Grave markers are branded with the Stars and Bars, and there are Mexican war veterans buried there, too. This cemetery is manicured but still has its fair share of broken head stones and robbed graves. There are not as many as Cedar Grove, but enough to creep you out a little!
The best way to get here is to drive. Take Reynolds or Broad Street (two main streets downtown) east to 2nd Street. Go south on 2nd Street until you hit Watkins Street. For Cedar Grove, turn left. For Manolia Cemetery, turn right, and then turn left on 3rd Street and look for the entrance on your left.
The best time for photographs here is early morning (7am to 10am). There is usually fog and sun beams that make for great photography.
Cedar Grove contact information:
120 Watkins St.
Augusta, GA 30901
Magnolia Cemetery contact information:
702 Third St.
Augusta, GA 30901
Both cemeteries open at 7am and close at 8pm.
Written by one4walking on 10 Apr, 2005
If you like golf, this is MECCA for you. Robert Jones Jr. created this golf holy ground long ago, and you can feel the hallowed presence of golf greats when you walk through the gates. Security is much tighter since 9/11, and be…Read More
If you like golf, this is MECCA for you. Robert Jones Jr. created this golf holy ground long ago, and you can feel the hallowed presence of golf greats when you walk through the gates. Security is much tighter since 9/11, and be sure not to bring anything that is contraband (bags, chairs, cell phones, cameras, etc.), or you will have to make a sad decision. Leave your things at the gate or just leave.
Finding parking at the tournament is difficult at best. The grounds open at 8am and you should try to beat the traffic. If you do not, be prepared to spend at least an hour in traffic. There are many places to park for $10 to $15, and some of the parking lots will drop you off at the front gate. This, in my opinion, is best if you cannot park on the grounds. You will be able to leave with less traffic.
Food and drinks at the Masters are surprisingly reasonable, $1.50 for a beer or a Coke and $1.50 for a sandwich. Merchandise, however, is very expensive. A golf shirt with the Masters logo is about $70.
The grounds are immaculate. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a small towel. This will keep the grass stains off your pants when you sit down. Cameras are allowed on practice round days (Monday to Wednesday), and if you are a photographer, these days will be better than the actual tournament for you. Don't bring your camera bag, though, or any bag for that matter. Only bags 5 inches by 5 inches by 10 inches are allowed. The rest stay at the gate. Besides, you don't want to lug anything around you don't have to. You are going to do a lot of walking.
When you enter the front gate, there is a souvenir stand. Do NOT buy your souvenirs from here as you walk in. You will not be allowed to take them in with you. There is a huge gift shop inside, or the best thing is to get them on the way out. You won't have to carry them or put up with them all day.
Check the leader board. There are several, and see when your favorites start. Grab a map of the course so you can figure out when your favs will be where. Head them off at the pass and wait. You will get a better view, and you can plan your pictures better.
There is history on every hole, and you have to see everything. If you golf, you know about the 19 Hole. It is basically your watering hole after a long day of golf. That is what you need after all that walking. The best place and a must experience is The French Market Grille in Surry Center. The best day is on Wednesday, after the famous Par 3 Tournament. There are no reservations, ever, so don't try to make them. There is a mixture of local socialites, celebrities, and out-of-town guests here, and the food is fantastic. I recommend the West Bank duo or the seafood au gratin. Grab a glass of wine or beer, Putt for Dollars in the parking lot, and meet Bunny. She is great.
This is one time I recommend getting a cab, because you will probably need one.