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Enjoy pleasant natural surroundings and delve into U.S. history at the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill. Paralleling the Savannah River, the canal operated as a source of hydropower and transportation, attracting factories to the region.
The Augusta Canal was built in 1845. It has three levels and stretches for nearly 14 miles (22 kilometers). By 1848, a four-story granite flour mill was constructed by James Coleman to use waterpower from the canal. Soon after that, milling operations expanded, with the Enterprise and other mills converting cotton from the U.S. South to textiles.
The Enterprise Mill operated until 1983. Inside the mill, examine exhibits and artifacts at this National Historic Landmark. See a model of the canal and learn how hydropower is created. View the demonstration turbine, which operates a line shaft driving a paddle fan above the gift shop. Displays show canal construction and 1800s mill life. Today the large Enterprise Mill site has not only the heritage interpretive center, but also commercial and residential space. Come to the mill to see today’s very different lifestyle. Look for an apartment if you’re moving to Augusta or visit the latest dining and shopping attractions.
Take a canal cruise on an open-air Petersburg boat. Tour guides point out houses built in the 1700s, explain the history of textile mills from the 1800s and discuss the Confederate Powder Works that enabled the Confederacy to sustain its strength during the Civil War. A tall chimney still stands at the site. Reserve a spot for a spring or autumn outing on one of the Friday night live music cruises.
Exit the main expressway through downtown Augusta to reach the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill. Walk or bike along the Augusta Canal Historic Trail, which runs along the north side of the canal. Free parking is available at the center and several trailheads. Launch a kayak below the Petersburg boat dock at the Headgate. Pay to enter the interpretive center or get free access with your cruise purchase. Check the website for current operating hours.
Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Morris Museum of Art and Augusta Riverwalk. Augusta Convention Center and Meadow Garden are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in North Augusta, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Augusta Riverwalk, Morris Museum of Art and Augusta Convention Center. Meadow Garden and The Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Downtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morris Museum of Art and Augusta Riverwalk. Augusta Convention Center and Augusta Imperial Theatre are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Augusta, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from VA Downtown Division and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Augusta Riverwalk. VA Medical Center-Downtown and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center are also within 10 minutes.
Located in West End, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill and Augusta Riverwalk. Augusta National Golf Club is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.
Located in Downtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Augusta Museum of History and Augusta Riverwalk. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and St. Paul's Episcopal Church are also within 10 minutes.
Located in West End, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill and Augusta Riverwalk. VA Downtown Division and VA Medical Center-Downtown are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Harrisburg, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Augusta National Golf Club and Augusta Riverwalk. VA Medical Center-Downtown and Paine College are also within 15 minutes.