We have had a lot of exciting things going on in North Augusta during April and May, with more to come in June. If you didn’t get to the Yellow Jessamine Festival or into the Arts and Heritage Center for the art competition and awards, you still have time to view the wonderful works of art until June 15.
In June, you can view Judy Berry’s needlework at the AHCNA. Also, you can see the art of Cassie Bayer at the North Augusta Family Y, Ron Bonar at The Beveled Edge, Diane Maloney at Jim Bush Flower Shop, and at Quality Printing you can view the works of Yvonne Kinney and Rodney Thomas as the featured Artists of the Month.
At the AHCNA the Hamburg: The Forgotten Town exhibit will open June 28. This exhibit will include a history of the town from its successes to its tragedies. The town was located between the Fifth Street and 13th Street bridges from 1821 until 1929 and has a very interesting history. Henry Shultz settled in Augusta in 1806 and began investing in the trade and transport businesses. He started the construction of Hamburg in 1821.
There will be many featured parts of the life in Hamburg and what was going on in our nation and around the world during the early days of Hamburg, including a snapshot of Hamburg civic life taken from the notes of a town council meeting on Sept. 23,1846.
You will get to view photos of then and now of the town area. There’s a section on Eve Black (Three Faces of Eve), who danced at one of the local nightclubs, as well and information on other famous people such as Prince Rivers, John Gardner and Samuel Lee will be featured.
The history will include a 1790s map of American Indian tribes, an overlay map of the City of North Augusta so you can see just where the town was and where the Henry Shultz home and other local businesses were. We’ll hear about William Carpenter and the story of Carpentersville, the 80 slaves who helped build the bridge and Hamburg, Shultz’s life and heritage in Germany, and his time as a prisoner of war.
You will know who the town council members were, who the magistrate was, and how many banks and other businesses were in Hamburg at its peak. You will find out what type of businesses there were and what foods they ate and had shipped into the city. You can see original artwork by some of our local artists about the town and area.
There is so much more to the story of Hamburg than the Hamburg Massacre, so be sure to mark your calendar so you can share with the members of our community the history of such an unusual time and place in our local history. Did you know that a 26-mile-long plank road was built to Edgefield to transport cotton and other supplies to be shipped on the Savannah River? That’s just one of the little tidbits you will find in this exciting exhibit this summer.
There will be activities for children as well, such as what toys the children played with and the clothes they wore. It will be a great way to teach your child some local history and have fun, too.
Don’t forget to keep art in your life and a smile on your face. A life without art is Just ‘eh’.