Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings

Augusta College Three Original Arsenal Buildings (HMVWR)

Location: Augusta, GA 30904 Richmond County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 28.565', W 82° 1.415'

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In 1973, Augusta College named three of theoriginal arsenal buildings in honor of commandants of the arsenal. Payne Hall,storehouse and later headquarters for thearsenal and administrative building for theuniversity, was named for Matthew Payne,first commandant of the arsenal from 1819 to 1827. He oversaw the purchase of theWalker family land and plans for the relocationof the arsenal from the Savannah River.

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The Benet House, the arsenal commandant'shome, the college president's home from 1960to 1987, and administrative offices, became aNational Historic Landmark in 1973. ArsenalCommandant J. Walker Benet served herefrom 1911 to 1919. His son Stephen VincentBenet wrote poetry here while attending Summerville Academy. Stephen won twoPulitzer Prizes, and his brother William Rosewon one.

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Rains Hall, once Officers' Quarters, bearsthe name of George Washington Rains, Confederate Commandant from April 1862until the arsenal's reoccupation by Uniontroops in May 1865. Under his supervision,the arsenal manufactured Confederate weapons and other supplies. Rains also choose Augusta for the ConfederatePowder Works. Rains Hall has servedthe university mainly as administrativeoffices.

Year Placed2011
Placed ByAugusta State University
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 10:56am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 404895 N 3704536
Decimal Degrees33.47608333, -82.02358333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 28.565', W 82° 1.415'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 28' 33.90" N, 82° 1' 24.90" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2500 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904, US
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