WELCOME TO THE WASHINGTON-WILKES VISITOR CENTER
& THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
We're excited you're here and eager to share with you everything about our special community. With more antebellum homes per capita than any other city in the United States, Historic Washington-Wilkes is one of the South's best kept secrets. It truly is the epitome of a Southern small town complete with charm, beauty and of course Southern hospitality.
You will fall in love with our rolling hills, streetscapes and historic Downtown. Whether you've come to plan your vacation, find the perfect place to relocate, or simply looking for Chamber information, we're here to help! Browse our site and contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Washington-Wilkes.
Every Day is Beautiful in Green Valley
With a wide variety of events and opportunities, Green Valley has something to offer everyone. Celebrate the fun of the Minnesota State Fair with us each summer. Enjoy a scenic stroll through our many parks or play a round of golf at one of our three courses. Have your picture taken with the World’s Largest Owl and marvel at all the beautiful outdoor murals throughout the town.
Our community offers a thriving economy, superb schools, traditional values, faith and fellowship, helpful services, and many entertainment options. Green Valley is truly the ideal place for new ventures and new growth because every day is abeautiful day.
Discover our chapter in American History. Plan your visit to our THREE HOUSE MUSEUMS, PUBLIC LIBRARY & REVOLUTIONARY BATTLE SITE
Washington-Wilkes played a major role in Georgia's history and in the nation's as well. Wilkes County was the first county in Georgia formed under the Georgia Constitution of 1777. It was named for British Parliamentarian and American Independence supporter John Wilkes. In 1780, the county seat, Washington, was incorporated and became not only the first chartered town named for George Washington, but also the first city chartered under the new State of Georgia. History was made here during the American Revolution at the Battle of Kettle Creek, fought in Wilkes County on February 14, 1779. This battle was responsible for driving the British out of northeast Georgia. Only eighty-six years later, during the War Between the States, history was again made here when Washington-Wilkes played host to the last cabinet meeting of the Confederacy in 1865, attended by Confederate President Jefferson Davis. It was also the last time that the infamous Confederate gold was tracked... and never found.
Today our three historic house museums and other historic sites share these stories and other tales of this small city with a big history, one filled with legendary feats, prominent families, and innovative discoveries. Click the links below to learn more and plan your visit to:
- THE WASHINGTON HISTORICAL MUSEUM ca. 1835
- THE ROBERT TOOMBS HOUSE MUSEUM ca. 1797
- CALLAWAY PLANTATION ca. 1785
- MARY WILLIS LIBRARY ca. 1888 - voted as "The Most Beautiful In The State"
- BATTLEFIELD OF THE REVOLUTIONARY BATTLE OF KETTLE CREEK February 14, 1779
DISCOVER THE SHOPS & RESTAURANTS OF DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON. Washington is known and revered for its history, but the present has just as much to offer. Today our Historic Downtown is filled with passionate local business owners, offering a variety of unique shopping, delicious food, and convenient service options. The Jewel of Downtown, the Fitzpatrick Hotel (1898), is a favorite of weekend travelers, wedding parties and corporate groups on retreat. For a small town, we have a lot going on: a weekly farmers market, monthly Downtown entertainment, and lively annual events. For a full directory of Downtown shops, restaurants and events, CLICK HERE.
SafeHomes is committed to ending domestic violence through advocacy, awareness and education. We understand the need for each client to be treated with respect, dignity and understanding, and have an array of highly-specialized and comprehensive services to assist victims, regardless of the stage they are at on their journey. All services are completely free and completely confidential.
As one of 46 state-certified domestic violence centers in Georgia, we provide services to victims throughout the East Central Georgia region of Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes counties.
The mission of SafeHomes is to transform victims of domestic violence into survivors.
1979 - A coalition of women in Augusta formed to seek ways to assist other women who were victims of domestic violence.
1983 - The SafeHomes shelter opened. That year, 80 women were helped and in just 2 years, more than 500 women had been helped.
2014 - SafeHomes embarked on a $3 Million capital campaign to build a new facility.
2016 - The new 14,500-square-foot building opened.
Today - SafeHomes has become much more than just a shelter and impacts the lives of more than 2,000 individuals and their families each year. A program of directed and focused services for women, men and children, we can shelter up to 24 individuals at one time in our emergency shelter, but we also offer essential aid to non-residential victims of violence through outreach.
*Friday, Feb. 15 - Safehomes is hosting a Meet & Greet at the Chamber from 11:30-1:30. Stop in and meet Rachel Peck, SafeHomes Outreach Coordinator. They are providing finger foods and refreshments, and all community members are welcome!
Visit SafeHomes, Inc. for more information.
ALWAYS THE 2ND SATURDAY IN OCTOBER. Celebrate more than 200 years of agricultural heritage and get a glimpse into the day-to-day life on a plantation. Mark your calendar and join us as we step back in time and re-live the days of music on the porch, plowing with mules, blacksmithing, sheep dog herding, and other skills of the past. For event details and registration forms (vendor, demonstrator, mule event), click on - MuleDaySouthernHeritageFestival.org
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