Turn back the clock in Columbia County, Georgia!

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With a history that includes Kiokee Baptist Church (the first Baptist Church in Georgia), Revolutionary War battle sites, the home of Declaration of Independence signer George Walton, the birthplace of comedian Oliver Hardy, and so much more, those who enjoy delving into the stories of Columbia County, Georgia’s earliest residents will have a field day. Visit Columbia County’s historical sites listed below. For more about Columbia County’s history, click here. History….it’s here!

Appling Courthouse

Built in 1812, the Appling Courthouse is the oldest courthouse in Georgia that is still in use for court matters. 9am-4pm every Tuesday (except holidays)

1958 Appling-Harlem Highway
Appling, GA 30802

Kiokee Baptist Church

The congregation was established as the state’s first Baptist church in 1772.

2520 Ray Owens Road
Appling, GA 30802
706-541-1086

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

Paddle or explore the canal by guided Petersburg boat tour, or hike/bike the towpath. The Augusta Canal flows from the headgates at Columbia County’s scenic Savannah Rapids Park past miles of historic and natural landscape.

1450 Green Street, Suite 400
Augusta, GA 30901
706-823-0440 or 888-659-8926

Laurel & Hardy Museum

Enjoy a few laughs as you discover the legacy of Oliver Norville Hardy, born in Harlem, Georgia, in Columbia County. The Laurel & Hardy Museum celebrates Hardy and his comedic partner, Stan Laurel, every day. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4pm. The Museum accepts donations for admission.

250 N. Louisville Street
Harlem, GA 30814
706-556-0401

Grovetown History Museum

Explore the Grovetown Museum’s many artifacts and photos of early pioneers, and its collection of progressive military paraphernalia. Free admission; donations accepted.
Hours: Fri: 10am-4pm
Sat/Sun: 1-4pm

106 W. Robinson Avenue
Grovetown, GA 30814
706-863-1867

Historic Harlem

When the rowdy citizens of Saw Dust, Georgia infuriated their quieter neighbors, those neighbors packed up and moved east one mile to found Harlem in 1870, a town that, unlike Saw Dust, didn’t sell liquor.

Savannah Rapids Regional Visitor Information Center

Inside the original Gatekeeper’s Cottage, our Visitor’s Center overlooks the picturesque Augusta Canal Headgates and the Savannah River, and is the only state certified visitor center in Columbia County. View a re-creation of the Lockkeeper's bedroom. You will also see a pictorial history of Columbia County and learn the significance of the Augusta Canal to the City of Augusta and the surrounding areas.

3300 Evans-to-Locks Road
Martinez, GA 30907
706-868-3373