Today we're going to look at one of the early settlements in Montgomery County. Augusta, Alabama was founded in 1816 by a group from Georgia. They settled at what would later be known as Ware's Ferry, and for about a decade it looked like Augusta could become the capital of civilization in central Alabama. Unfortunately, flooding and disease killed the town, and Montgomery rose to prominence.
The first quote comes from a book published by The Society of Pioneers of Montgomery in 1961. Then there are photos of the Old Augusta Cemetery, followed by photos of the historical marker and a transcription of said marker.
“At a very early day in the history of the county Montgomery had a rival, in a nice little town twelve miles above the city on the Tallapoosa river. It was located on a beautiful spot on the bank of the river, and had at one time between fifty and seventy-five family residences, with store-houses, hotels, academy, black-smith and wood shops, tailor shops, etc.; but after a few years the place proved to be sickly, and it was abandoned altogether. Augusta was the name of the town. Then everything centered to Montgomery, the only town in the county, and a very small place.”
— Recollections of the Early Settlers of Montgomery County and Their Families by W.G. Robertson Old Augusta Cemetery gate, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama Old Augusta Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama Gravestone 1, Old Augusta Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama Gravestone 2, Old Augusta Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama Gravestone 3, Old Augusta Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama Old Augusta Cemetery historical marker, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama “Augusta & the Old Augusta Cemetery Augusta, home of Old Augusta Cemetery, was built on the site of a former Indian village, “Sawanogi”, on high ground close to the Tallapoosa River. In 1824 a disastrous flood swept over the plateau, invading shops and residences. A year later a deadly form of malarial fever took half the population to their graves, killing the town as well. The cemetery, burial place for the Ross, Charles, and Taylor families, continued to be used until the early 20th century. The iron fence surrounding the cemetery formerly was erected around the state Capitol in Montgomery.” — East Montgomery County Historical Society & Alabama Historical Association - 2006 Site of the Old Augusta Cemetery historical marker, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama