The Georgia Trust Spring Ramble

April 17-19, 2020
Augusta, Georgia

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Friday, April 17

Packet Pick-up and Registration at the Augusta Museum of History
560 Reynolds Street, Augusta, GA 30901
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Begin your day at the Augusta Museum of History where you will pick up your registration packet and learn about the rich local history of the River Region through the museum’s award-winning signature exhibitions.

Friday Ramble: Downtown Augusta
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ramble through Augusta’s revitalized Downtown Historic District, featuring the 1875 Second Empire style Zachariah Daniel House; Meadow Garden, the home of George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; and impressive residential lofts. Tour the 1859 Greek Revival boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson. Operated as a museum by Historic Augusta, Inc., the National Historic Landmark has been restored to its c.1860s appearance and features period furnishings and Wilson memorabilia.

The Georgia Trust 43rd Annual Preservation Awards
Miller Theater
708 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday evening’s activities will begin with the 43rd Annual Preservation Awards where we will celebrate the state’s top preservationists and projects.

Dinner and Cocktails at the Miller Theater
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy cocktails and dinner at the award-winning historic Miller Theater. Opened in 1940, this Art Moderne theater recently underwent a $23 million rehabilitation, winning the Georgia Trust’s highest preservation honor in 2018.

Saturday, April 18

Packet Pick-up and Registration at Saint Paul’s Church
605 Reynolds St, Augusta, GA 30901
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Breakfast at Saint Paul’s Church
605 Reynolds St, Augusta, GA 30901
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Enjoy breakfast overlooking the Savannah River and the Augusta Riverwalk in the River Room at the historic Saint Paul’s Church.

Annual Meeting and Orientation at Saint Paul’s Church
605 Reynolds St, Augusta, GA 30901
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
After breakfast, stick around to hear the state of preservation in Georgia at The Georgia Trust’s Annual Meeting. You will also learn about the history of Augusta, its architecture, and local preservation efforts from local experts during orientation.

Lunch and Saturday Afternoon Ramble: Summerville
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Explore exquisite private residences in the stately hilltop neighborhood of Summerville. Built as a getaway from the hot summer temperatures in the town below, Summerville was historically home to Augusta’s most influential citizens. Ramblers will tour Gould’s Corner, one of the grandest architectural statements on The Hill; the 1822 Lamar-Wallace House, a Neoclassical showplace; and the Carpenter Gothic Redmond-Hickman House. Take a break from touring to enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the downtown eateries and wander the streets of Augusta’s historic downtown district, known for its character, charm and hospitality.

Dinner and Cocktails at Salubrity Hall
2259 Cumming Rd, Augusta, GA 30904
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
End the day with dinner on the picturesque grounds of Salubrity Hall, an English Tudor house with lovely gardens. Salubrity Hall was built in 1928 as a winter retreat for the family of John Herbert, one of the founding members of Augusta National Golf Club, home to the Masters Tournament. The home’s extensive gardens and charming tea house were often open for parties and were featured in “Garden History of Georgia” in 1933.

Sunday, April 19

Packet Pick-up and Registration
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Enterprise Mill
1540 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Hickory Hill
502 Hickory Hill Dr, Thomson, GA 30824

Sunday Brunch at Enterprise Mill
1540 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Begin your day with a delicious brunch on the banks of the Augusta Canal at Enterprise Mill. Built between 1848 and 1881, this three-story brick structure was originally established as Granite Flour Mill. Enterprise Mill has had several expansions during its lifetime and eventually shut its doors in 1983. The property was successfully rehabilitated in 1997 into thriving offices, retail, and residential lofts. Enterprise Mill is located within the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, which was designated in 1996 as the first National Heritage Area in Georgia.

Sunday Ramble: Thomson and McDuffie County
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ramble through the peaceful countryside as you explore McDuffie County and Thomson, the charming county seat and “The Camellia City of the South.” See Hickory Hill, the impressive estate of Senator Tom Watson. The sprawling property consists of nearly 270 acres highlighted by an 1864 neoclassical home, an arboretum, and various outbuildings, including an 1820 log cabin. Don’t miss the 18th century Rock House, the oldest stone building in the state; the 1860 Depot, a 2016 Georgia Trust Preservation Award winner; and the 1806 Bowdre-Rees-Knox house, one of the best examples of a raised cottage in Georgia.

Sunday Lunch: Wrightsboro Church
Noon
Stick around for lunch, generously provided by the Wrightsboro Foundation, on the grounds of the historic Wrightsboro Church constructed in 1810.

Fox Hunt Demonstration: Bellemeade Hunt
Sunday Afternoon
Following lunch, you will be treated to a traditional English-themed fox hunt demonstration led by Belle Meade Hunt in McDuffie County.

*Sites and times are subject to change. Event occurs rain or shine.

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