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  • Take a music cruise down the Augusta canal.

    Take a music cruise down the Augusta canal.

  • Enjoy live local music aboard an Augusta Canal Moonlight Music Cruise.

    Enjoy live local music aboard an Augusta Canal Moonlight Music Cruise.

  • Pose with the James Brown Statue in Augusta, Georgia.

    Pose with the James Brown Statue in Augusta, Georgia.

  • An exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History features items from the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown.

    An exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History features items from the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown.

  • James Brown, of Augusta, Georgia, was known not just for his singing, but also for his showmanship.

    James Brown, of Augusta, Georgia, was known not just for his singing, but also for his showmanship.

  • Opera singer and Augusta native Jessye Norman made her debut with the Deutsche Opera Berlin in 1969.

    Opera singer and Augusta native Jessye Norman made her debut with the Deutsche Opera Berlin in 1969. Credit: Time Life Pictures-Getty Images

  • Lady Antebellum performs in Evans, Georgia, on the stage named in honor of them.

    Lady Antebellum performs in Evans, Georgia, on the stage named in honor of them.

  • The Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans, Georgia, hosts local events and nationally touring artists.

    The Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans, Georgia, hosts local events and nationally touring artists.

  • A portion of Ninth Street in downtown Augusta, Georgia, is named for beloved native James Brown.

    A portion of Ninth Street in downtown Augusta, Georgia, is named for beloved native James Brown.

  • Augustans Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley formed Lady Antebellum after meeting Hillary Scott in Nashville.

    Augustans Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley formed Lady Antebellum after meeting Hillary Scott in Nashville.

  • The Soul Bar, a downtown Augusta musical landmark, opened in 1995 in honor of "The Godfather of Soul," James Brown.

    The Soul Bar, a downtown Augusta musical landmark, opened in 1995 in honor of "The Godfather of Soul," James Brown. Credit: Coco Rubio

  • Country artist and star of "The Voice" Blake Shelton performs at the James Brown Arena in Augusta.

    Country artist and star of "The Voice" Blake Shelton performs at the James Brown Arena in Augusta. Credit: Augusta Entertainment Complex

  • Brantley Gilbert, a Georgia native from the small town of Jefferson, performs for fans at the James Brown Arena in Augusta.

    Brantley Gilbert, a Georgia native from the small town of Jefferson, performs for fans at the James Brown Arena in Augusta. Credit: Augusta Entertainment Complex

  • Former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman and now solo country star Darius Rocker performs at the James Brown Arena in Augusta.

    Former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman and now solo country star Darius Rocker performs at the James Brown Arena in Augusta. Credit: Augusta Entertainment Complex

  • Elton John performs in Augusta at the James Brown Arena.

    Elton John performs in Augusta at the James Brown Arena. Credit: Augusta Entertainment Complex

  • Metal band Godsmack performs at James Brown Arena in Augusta.

    Metal band Godsmack performs at James Brown Arena in Augusta. Credit: Augusta Entertainment Complex

  • Jake Owen performs at James Brown Arena in Augusta.

    Jake Owen performs at James Brown Arena in Augusta. Credit: Augusta Entertainment Complex

Founded along the Savannah River on the border with South Carolina, Augusta is Georgia’s second-oldest and second-largest city, founded during the British Colonial period as a trading outpost. With the construction of the Augusta Canal in 1847, Augusta became the second-largest inland cotton market in the world during the cotton boom. Augusta has nine neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places, and several historic monuments and cemeteries. Augusta served as the state capital of Georgia from 1785 until 1795 and has many historically significant homes and buildings, such as the Cotton Exchange, established in 1872; the boyhood home of Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States; Ezekiel Harris House, 1797; the home of George Walton, the signer of the Declaration of Independence; and Springfield Baptist Church, the oldest African-American church in America. Known worldwide for The Masters golf tournament, Augusta has a bevy of attractions to please the whole family.