First Presbyterian Church - Augusta


642 Telfair St.
Augusta GA 30901

Hours of Operation

  • Monday : 8:30am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday : 8:30am - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday : 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday : 8:30am - 4:00pm
  • Friday : 8:30am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday : 8:30am -


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.

Church office hours are: 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.; 1 p.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sunday Services are 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.. Sunday School is 8:45 a.m.

Facility Amenities
  • Free Parking
  • Parking on Site
Special Tags
  • Civil War Site
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
General Information
  • Family-Friendly
  • Free Admission
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