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Augusta Canal Discovery Center

Take a Virtual Tour

At the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area Discovery Center at Enterprise Mill you'll learn the stories of people, progress and promise of a unique piece of American history. The Canal Discovery Center that tells the story of how a city used its waterways to reinvent itself and define its destiny. The Center has been developed by the Augusta Canal Authority in partnership with the National Park Service. 

ORIENTATION FILM

"The Power of A Canal" - A fascinating 10-minute film is shown at intervals in the state-of-the art surround-sound theater just off the lobby. It sets the stage for your Interpretive Center experiences.

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THE EXHIBITS

The Hydropower
Demonstration Turbine

The waters of the Augusta Canal surge through this demonstration turbine, creating hydro-mechanical power which drives the line shaft mounted on the ceiling. The paddle fan above the gift shop operates directly from the line shaft power.
 



Braving the Rapids
- the Petersburg Boat
· Petersburg Boat Captain and   cargo

Building the Canal
· Augusta Before the Canal
· Henry Cumming, Canal Visionary
· How the Canal was Built

How the Canal Works
· Canal Model
· Transportation
· Water Works
· Waterpower


img-Interp2a.jpg Mill & Boom Times
· Augusta's Industrial Triumph
· From Cotton to Cloth
· How It's Done-weaving process and   looms
· Working the Mill-mill work and a mill   workers
· Wartime Industry-serving the   Confederacy
· Pride of the South

Hydroelectricity and the Canal
· The City Electric
· Electrifying Enterprise Mill
· The Penstock
· How Hydroelectricity Works

Boat Parties and Picnics
· Leisure and the Canal

Workers' Life
· The Company House-
  Living in the Factory District
· Eviction
· Labor vs. Management

New Waters, New Life--
The Canal in the 20th Century

· Floods and Fires
· What happened to the mills
· The last days of Enterprise Mill
· The Canal-neglect and decline
· Return to the Waters
· The Canal and River Today
· Augusta Happenings


DIRECTIONS:

From I-20: I-20 to Exit 200-Riverwatch Parkway. Left on Riverwatch approx. 5 miles to Medical District Exit. At 2nd light (Greene & 15th Street), Enterprise Mill will be ahead on right.
From Riverwalk area/Cotton Exchange: Reynolds Street westbound to St. Sebastian Way Extension. Turn Left. At 2nd traffic light, turn right on Greene Street to Enterprise Mill.  Entrance on West (far) side of Mill.
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CONTACT:
AUGUSTA CANAL AUTHORITY
1450 Greene Street, Suite 400
 Augusta, GA 30903-2367

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