Places to see in and near Augusta

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SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER: (1301 Greene St., 706-826-4700, Built in 1900, Sacred Heart Cultural Center is a former Catholic church. A National Register Historic Site, it is a center for cultural activities such as concerts and art exhibits. Open Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends by appointment; self-guided walking tours are available. For groups of 12 or more, guided tours are available by calling ahead. Donations are accepted. ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/FILE
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JAMES BROWN STATUE (Broad Street between Eighth and Ninth streets) This life-size bronze statue was erected in 2005 to honor the Godfather of Soul. After his death, the site became a place for many to pay their last respects. Visiting the James Brown statue won’t cost you a dime, but you might want to devote some extra time for all of the photos you’ll take. RAINIER EHRHARDT/FILE
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MAGNOLIA CEMETERY: 702 Third St., (706) 821-1746,; the 65-acre cemetery is the resting place for at least 900 Confederate soldiers, with an area dedicated to 183 Union prisoners of war who died in the Augusta area. Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
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MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: (1 10th St., Riverwalk Augusta, 706-724-7501, See exhibits devoted to Southern art and artists all year with nearly 5,000 paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculptures dating from the late-18th century to the present; special exhibits. The museum also houses the Center for the Study of Southern Art, a reference and research library that includes archives pertaining to artists working in the South. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Easter Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors, students and military with ID and ages 13-17; free for 12 and younger. MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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SIGNERS’ MONUMENT: (Greene and Monument streets, downtown Augusta, 706-724-0436) The obelisk was dedicated July 4, 1848, to three signers of the Declaration of Independence – George Walton, Lyman Hall and Button Gwinett. Pictures turn out best when taken during daylight hours. Free. RAINIER EHRHARDT/FILE
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LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM: (250 N. Louisville St., Harlem, 706-556-0401, Oliver Hardy, the rotund half of the comedic duo of Laurel and Hardy, was born in Harlem in 1892 and is remembered with a museum. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but bring a few bucks for the gift shop. Donations are welcome. COREY PERRINE/FILE
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ST. PAUL’S CEMETERY: (605 Reynolds St., downtown Augusta, 706-724-2485, The cemetery around the church was used during the Colonial times through 1816. Self-guided church tours are available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; visit the cemetery during daylight hours. RAINIER EHRHARDT/FILE
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AUGUSTA RIVERWALK: ( Take a scenic stroll along the Savannah River on Riverwalk Augusta. Seasonal flowers are in bloom, and history is marked at every corner. Visit any time, but it’s best from dawn to dusk. It’s free, and there are several places to access the riverwalk along Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta. JACKIE RICCIARDI/FILE
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THURMOND LAKE: (510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, S.C., 800-533-3478, With 71,000 acres of water and 1,200 miles of shoreline, you’ll find plenty of places to swim, boat, fish, sunbathe and so much more. The J. Strom Thurmond Visitor Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Prices vary for recreational activities. Call for detailed directions. MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
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AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM:(433 Newberry St., SW, Aiken, 803-642-2015) See exhibits on golf in Aiken County; the creation of Savannah River Site; Edgefield, S.C., pottery; musicians of Aiken County; and Winter Colony among others. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Admission is free. MICHELLE GUFFEY/FILE
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LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: (1116 Phillips St. downtown Augusta, 706-724-3576, The home of one of Georgia’s most influential educators has been restored into a black history museum. Open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and open by special request on Sunday; $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children. MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
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AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY (560 Reynolds St., 706-722-8454, Exhibits: Local Legends highlighting Augusta luminaries, including singer Flo Carter and author Janelle Taylor (pictured); a James Brown exhibit and bronze statues of golfing greats. Special hours Masters Week: 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; normal hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children ages 5-18. MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
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AIKEN THOROUGHBRED RACING HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM: (135 Dupree Place, inside Hopelands Gardens, Aiken, S.C.; 803-642-7631, Peruse Aiken’s contribution to the thoroughbred racing industry from 1900 to the present. Open Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 2-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ANNETTE M. DROWLETTE/FILE
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ARTS AND HERITAGE CENTER OF NORTH AUGUSTA: (100 Georgia Ave. in the municipal building, North Augusta, S.C., 803-441-4380, The Arts and Heritage center showcases regional history and art. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and first Saturdays (including April 13), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $3 K-12th grade. RAINIER EHRHARDT/FILE
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MEADOW GARDEN: (1320 Independence Drive, 706-724-4174, The home of George Walton, one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays by appointment. On weekdays, arrive by 3 p.m. for the last tour. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military with ID, $1 for ages 6-18. MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
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PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK: (706-828-2109, See blue heron, red-shouldered hawks, otters, alligators and bobcats in the 1,100-acre nature park. It’s free to visit this natural area that is open from dawn to dusk daily. Groups of 10 or more wanting a tour require advance notice. COREY PERRINE/FILE
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NORTH AUGUSTA GREENEWAY: (easiest access is midpoint of the trail at 100 Riverview Park Drive, 803-441-4300, Follow the Greeneway’s scenic trail through the city of North Augusta, over a pedestrian bridge and even alongside the river. The Greeneway is open from dawn to dusk. Pets are permitted but must be on a leash at all times. ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/FILE
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AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: (1450 Greene St.; 706-823-0440 ext. 4; Hike trails along the canal, ride a Petersburg boat or visit the Interpretive Center. The center is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 1-5:30 p.m.; admission is $6. One-hour boat tours ($12.50) are at 10, 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:30, 3, 4 p.m. Sunday. A 3-hour sunset cruise ($21) leaves at 5:30 p.m. A Moonlight Music Cruise ($25) is at 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Boat tours include admission to the Interpretive Center. RAINIER EHRHARDT/FILE
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DUPONT PLANETARIUM: (at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, S.C., 803-641-3654, View the night sky in a 30-foot-diameter tilted aluminum dome. Shows are on Saturdays at 7 and 8 p.m. Weather permitting, the observatory housing the Bechtel Telescope is open after each show. Reservations are recommended. Cost is $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for senior citizens and $2.50 for 5K-12th grade. RON COCKERILLE/FILE
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BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON: (419 Seventh St., downtown Augusta, 706-724-0436, Renovations are ongoing; call for information. Walk the halls, see all the rooms and learn about the childhood of a boy who would grow up to be the 28th president of the United States. "Tommy" Wilson (1856-1924) spent the formative years of his childhood in Augusta, experiencing the hardships of the Civil War and Reconstruction. He also began his education, tasted leadership as president of the Lightfoot Baseball Club, and grounded his deep Presbyterian faith. KENDRICK BRINSON/FILE
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U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS MUSEUM: (501 Chamberlain Ave., Fort Gordon; vehicle registration and identification are required to enter Fort Gordon, 706-791-2818 or 706-791-3856, This historical and educational institution at Fort Gordon provides training and education to soldiers and the public on the history of the Signal Corps, the development of Fort Gordon and vicinity, and the U.S. Army. Open Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed federal holidays. ANDREW DAVIS TUCKER/FILE
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HICKORY HILL: (502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson, 706-595-7777, See the historic home of Thomas E. Watson, an attorney, author, politician, publisher and, most significantly, an avowed populist. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for children. JANE SNOW/SPECIAL
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CONFEDERATE POWDER WORKS CHIMNEY: (1717 Goodrich St.; The Confederate Powder Works, the only permanent edifice constructed by the Confederate States of America, was in operation until April 1865. It was used to create a local supply of gunpowder for Confederate armies during the Civil War. The smokestack stands today as a memorial to those who fought for the Confederacy. The Powder Works Chimney is accessible anytime free of charge. ANDREW DAVIS TUCKER/FILE
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GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: (506 Telfair St., Augusta, 706-722-5495, or on Facebook) The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art serves as the area’s only independent nonprofit visual art school and gallery. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday by appointment only (24-hours notice is requested). Admission is free; donations are encouraged. ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/FILE