Classic South / Augusta

First Presbyterian Church - Augusta

642 Telfair St.
Augusta, GA 30901

706-823-2450


The story of First Presbyterian has been linked with historical events in the city, the state and beyond. In 1861, while Reverend Joseph R. Wilson (father of Woodrow Wilson) was pastor of the church, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States was formed at First Presbyterian, thus changing the face of the denomination.

After the Battle of Chickamauga, the pews were removed and the church building was used as a hospital for wounded Union and Confederate soldiers. Because Union prisoners were held in the church grounds awaiting transport, young Woodrow had a clear view of the horrors of war from the manse across the street. As U.S. President, he was instrumental in forming the League of Nations in an effort to settle disputes without war.

During World War I and II, the church facilities became a religious and social center for troops in training near Augusta. The congregation still worships in the original wooden frame structure designed by famed architect Robert Mills, who also designed the Washington Monument.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site