WASHINGTON-WILKES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The mission of the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce is
to advance local business and promote the economic well-being of the community
through tourism, events, education, and collaboration with elected leadership.
Washington Georgia is your next destination!
One of the “The Prettiest Small Towns in Georgia” according to Southern Living magazine. One visit is not enough to discover our rich history, architectural styles, outdoor activities, and so much more.
Wilkes County, the first county in Georgia formed under the Georgia Constitution of 1777, was named for British Parliamentarian and American Independence supporter John Wilkes. Washington, incorporated in 1780, was named for General George Washington, even though he never visited the town.
We also played a valuable role in our nation's history on February 14, 1779, when the Revolutionary battle of Kettle Creek was fought here in Wilkes County. Today, you can breathe in the fresh air while hiking the marked trails at this sacred, historic Kettle Creek Battlefield.
While no American Civil War battles were fought in Washington, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, met with his Cabinet for the last time at the Georgia Branch Bank Building, then known as the Heard House. This same location was also the last place the infamous Confederate gold was tracked...but never found.
Outdoor activities include hiking, camping, kayaking on the Little River Water Trail, hunting, or biking down scenic tree-lined streets surrounded by history, just to name a few.
In and around our historic downtown, you’ll find museums, boutique shops, and delicious dining choices. Should you want to stay longer, consider The Fitzpatrick Hotel, constructed in 1898, beautifully restored, and sits regally on the Courthouse Square.
Washington-Wilkes is perfect for a day trip, a weekend vacation, or an extended getaway. We are easily found 45 miles East of Athens and 45 miles West of Augusta.
We look forward to seeing you soon!