Historic Markers Across Georgia

William Bartram Visited Augusta, 1773

Marker ID: GHM 121-7
Location: In the plaza at the Post Office, Augusta, GA, on East Ford St
County: Richmond
Coordinates: N 33° 28.322    W 081° 58.09
  33.47203    -81.96816
Waymark: None


`The village of Augusta.` wrote the celebrated American naturalist and botanist of his visits in 1765 and 1773, `is situated on a rich and fertile plain of the Savanna River; the buildings are near its banks and extend two miles. The site of Augusta is perhaps the most delightful and eligible of any in Georgia for a city. I do not hesitate to pronounce, as my opinion, that it will very soon become the metropolis of Georgia. Upon the rich, rocky hills at the cataracts of Augusta I first observed the perfumed rhododenron ferrugineum.`

GHM 121-7 Georgia Historical Commission