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Posted by admin on April 28, 2020
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Harlem is a small town about 30 minutes west of Augusta. There are roughly 3,600 residents in this mid-sized city with a rich history. Here a few fun facts you should know about Harlem. 

  1. Part of Harlem used to be named Saw Dust. It was a main stop along the Georgia Railroad that was built in 1835. It was later in the century when Andrew Sanders, one of the first graduates of the Medical College of Augusta, moved to the area and sold his land for a dollar an acre in hopes of growing the small town. Harlem was officially founded in 1870. 
  2. Harlem’s city name was inspired by Harlem, New York. A New York resident visited the town and thought it resembled the elite artistic area. 
  3. Augusta residents used to take weekend getaways to Harlem, especially during summer outbreaks of smallpox and cholera. 
  4. In 1917, a fire from unknown causes destroyed an oil/fertilizer plant, the Columbia Opera House and several other buildings. The blaze created $60,000 in damage to the town.
  5. Early in Harlem’s history, people could tell if a family had money by seeing if the street in front of their house was paved. Streets weren’t paved until 1940 unless a homeowner could afford it. 
  6. Harlem is home to the annual Oliver Hardy festival, a gathering that celebrates the famous comedian who was born in the small town. 
  7. Compared to the rest of the United States, Harlem’s cost of living is about 10% lower than the national average. 
  8. April and October are typically the most pleasant months in Harlem as far as climate. 
  9. Since 2010, Harlem has experienced a 17% growth in population.
  10. The average cost of a home in Harlem is a little over $150,000, with a nearly 10% home appreciation over the past 10 years.
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