The Word "hephzibah" is from the Hebrew language and means "my delight is her". This points to the early religious influences in Hephzibah's history. Early white settlers referred to the area that is now known as Hephzibah as Brothersville as a tribute to the three brothers who were the earliest European colonists in the area. In the mid-1800s, a Baptist seminary was founded in the Brothersville area. The resulting religious influence of the seminary brought about the 1862 beginning of the Hephzibah Baptist Church, which exerted such an influence on the area that the town's official name was changed in its honor in 1870.
Get Outside at the Di
Diamond Lakes Regional Park is a great facility not only for Hephzibah residents, but for residents of the Augusta area as a whole. This park occupies more than 280 acres of space and includes many different opportunities for outdoor activity, including fishing in stocked ponds, outdoor volleyball, and walking. Several picnic areas are also available, making this a great place for parties and gatherings. One novel feature of this park is its separate youth and adult ball field complexes, meaning baseball and softball players who use this park's grounds will find fields uniquely suited to the needs of their general age group.
Local Uses for the Di
The Diamond Lakes Community Center sits on the site of a former NASCAR track in Hephzibah. Serving as a resource for the greater Augusta area, this complex has a gym, a library, and a multipurpose room suitable for a wide variety of community events. The gym facility in the Community Center complex includes many amenities, from basketball and racquetball courts to an indoor walking track and different kinds of stationary gym equipment. Built in the early 2000s, the Community Center is not the only public space built on this repurposed car track, as Diamond Lakes Park occupies land that surrounds the gym and library.