Harlem is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Harlem is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. Harlem is a very ethnically diverse city. Harlem features an excellent quality of life that both long-time residents and newcomers cherish. A quaint hometown feel, safe and friendly neighborhoods, and a historic downtown are all found here in Columbia County’s hidden jewel. Golf cart transportation on the city’s street network is approved and encouraged. Harlem is conveniently located in Columbia County in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). There is a lot to do both here in Harlem and in the surrounding area. Harlem is home to the Laurel and Hardy Museum of Harlem, Georgia that celebrates the lives and careers of comedy legends Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Oliver Hardy was born in Harlem, and each year, on the first Saturday in October, thousands flock to Harlem for the Oliver Hardy Festival. Harlem is just down the road from the United States Army’s Fort Gordon – traditionally the home of the Army’s Signal Corps and now home to the Army’s Cyber Command. Residents can arrive at Gate 2 within 10 minutes.
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As part of Columbia County, Harlem has so much to enjoy. The Evans Towne Center Park is lively during the summer with weekly concerts and the area is filled with parks to enjoy. Enjoy the Putt-Putt Fun Center with family then enjoy the delicious food at Willie Jewell’s Old School BBQ.
Columbia County also features an extensive parks system that includes Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Blanchard Woods Park, Patriots Park, and many more. Activities range from kayaking to fishing to disc golf. Columbia County is actually home to the International Disc Golf Center!
Clarks Hill Lake is just a short drive from Harlem, and it features fishing and boating opportunities that the whole family will enjoy. It can be accessed from a variety of parks and boat launches in Columbia County.
Concerts from world-class entertainers, a multitude of shopping and dining options, and, of course, The Masters are only 20 miles from Augusta, which allows its residents to enjoy Augusta’s vibrant nightlife and family-oriented atmosphere. The Morris Museum of Art showcases local and historic artists. Visit the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson or enjoy the great outdoors with a stroll on the Augusta Riverwalk, take in a live concert or outdoor movie at the Riverwalk’s Jessye Norman Amphitheater, or have the kids the play in the fountain during the warm months or at the children’s playground on the lower level year-round. Explore the city with a kayak tour with an Augusta Native, the Cole Watkins Kayak Tours will take you on an adventure throughout Martinez. You may visit the Augusta Canal National Historic Area Headgates on your kayak tour but this is also a great day trip to travel on foot.
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