Grovetown is a city in Columbia County, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Augusta metropolitan area and the Central Savannah River Area. In the 2013 United States Census estimates, it had a population of 12,389. The mayor is George W. James III
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Location in Columbia County and the state of Georgia
According to the United States Census Bureau, Grovetown has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.5 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.23%, is water
Georgia State Route 223 (SR 223) is known as Robinson Avenue from just northwest of Fort Gordon's Gate 2 to the intersection with Harlem–Grovetown Road and SR 388. It is known as Wrightsboro Road past this point. At this intersection, SR 388 takes on the Wrightsboro Road name until it meets Katherine Street. At this intersection, the highway turns left onto Horizon South Parkway, while Wrightsboro Road continues toward Augusta.
There are other important highways outside the city limits. Interstate 20 (Carl Sanders Highway), which leads west toAtlanta and east to Augusta and Columbia, S.C., is 2 mi. north. US 78/US 278/SR 10, known as Gordon Highway, is located just south of the city limits west of Fort Gordon's Gate 2, and runs between Harlem and Augusta. SR 383(Jimmie Dyess Parkway), is 5 mi. east and connects Fort Gordon's Gate 1 to Evans.
Grovetown city officials were in the process of building a new city hall in 1997. The land was purchased, but a dilapidated historical home built in the late 19th century stood in the way. During a city council meeting the mayor stated that they had decided to torch the building and give the city fire department a training experience.
Rosa Lee Owens, a teacher and a city resident, asked permission to address the issue. She related that the historic building was a part of Grovetown history and the building should be preserved rather than destroyed. She proposed having the building relocated on the property and restored as a museum to preserve the past. After some discussion both pro and con the Mayor and Council decided to accept her proposal.
The city budget did not include restoration funds for the historical home to become a city museum. Consequently Mayor Dennis Trudeau was determined to move forward as he applied for and received a grant to establish the Grovetown Museum, the first museum in Columbia County. Owens contacted the Fort Gordon museum curator for advice to design floor plans for exhibits. She then contacted Harlem High School to implement a project to build exhibit cases; she paid for all necessary supplies for nine cases. Instead of purchasing locks and handles for the cases, screws were used to hold the case doors. She then bargained with Montgomery Ward to buy unfinished cases and was able to use the local police department's community servants for putting them together. By this time a number of citizens offered support. Charles Lord, a local historian, began collecting and organizing exhibits. Others volunteered their time and effort to prepare for the grand opening in March 2000. City officials organized a Grovetown Museum Board with by-laws for operating the facility. Volunteers served as weekend tour guides originally. Later the museum was included in the city budget.