Community Interest

Paul Ovaitt's "Tell It Like It Was" Stories Now Online

The Friends of Historic Augusta and the Augusta Museum are pleased to announce that fans and readers of “Tell It Like It Was” by Paul Ovaitt can now find his early stories online.

For historical purposes (and because the stories are just SO fun to read), the Friends of Historic Augusta are excited to post the stories on their website. Now readers will be able to revisit or catch up on these stories with a new, interactive experience the way Ovaitt intended. Check out the first six stories/interviews by clicking on the link:  There are many more to come, so stay tuned and visit often. 

The Sehrt House at 275 Webster St. has been restored as the Augusta Historical Museum. August Sehrt was an immigrant from Hannover, Germany bought land on the west side of town in 1857. The two-story "split-level" house was built about 1860. The top floor fronts Webster street, while the bottom floor is ground level on the west side. Sehrt grew grapes and built caskets and furniture on the lower level of the house. It is apparent it was also used as a kitchen. The Augusta Town Board bought the property from a Sehrt descendant in 1975, using the 8.64-acre tract for a city park and the house as a museum. 

The Friends of Historic Augusta are planning an addition to the museum, including a bathroom. They are currently seeking donations. If you would like to help, you can use this link:  And if you prefer the personal touch, the Museum is featuring an Open House and Plant Sale, from 11 a.m. - 3 pm, on Saturday, April 30th, during the final day of the Augusta Plein Air Art Festival. Tom Whelan will be there to share some interesting historical facts with those who tour the museum. Mark your calendars!