Explore 4 Historical Sites in Washington-Wilkes
Located in Wilkes County, Georgia, and known as “one of the prettiest small towns in Georgia” Washington has a lot to offer residents and visitors alike. The Washington-Wilkes area is loaded with rich history and fascinating historical sites that offer unique and informative glimpses into our area's past and our nation’s history. Read on to learn more about four of the historical sites in Washington-Wilkes, and start planning your visit today!
Washington Historical Museum
Nearly two centuries after it was constructed, the Washington Historical Museum still stands proudly on the same plot of land where it was originally built — land that was owned by American Revolutionary War hero Micajah Williamson! Built in 1835 by Albert Gallatin Semmes, this beautiful house holds a fascinating collection of artifacts and mementos from the past. As you walk the halls of this historic building, you can check out remnants from the Kettle Creek Battlefield, a collection of Native American relics, and more!
Kettle Creek Battlefield
Speaking of which, American history buffs won’t want to pass through the Washington-Wilkes area without planning a day trip to the legendary Kettle Creek Battlefield. Considered by many historians as the tipping point that forever broke the stranglehold that the British had on Georgia, the Battle at Kettle Creek occurred on February 14th, 1779, between a hastily-organized group of 360 patriots and 800 British loyalists. The patriots defeated the loyalists despite the daunting odds, and their victory stands as a shining testament to the resilience of the American people during the Revolutionary War. Visitors can walk the hallowed grounds using a series of well-kept hiking trails and breath in the fresh air while basking in the historical significance of the area.
The Robert Toombs House
A Georgia state historic site with roots running from peaceful Washington-Wilkes all the way to the sacred halls of the United States Capitol building, the Robert Toombs House, built in 1797, is also a National Historic Landmark. Robert Toombs was a successful planter, lawyer, and prominent figure in the Confederacy formation. His illustrious career included stops as a state legislator, a U.S. congressman, and a senator. This elegant and immaculately maintained Southern home is a fitting testament to a man who was a legend in his own time.
As part of the beautiful Southern United States, no tour of Washington-Wilkes would be complete without a stop at the Callaway Plantation. This historic location provides visitors with a glimpse into the agricultural South and the fascinating legacy of the Callaway family. In fact, just yards from the towering brick house (a rare example of Greek Revival architecture), visitors can check out the simple log cabin where the family originally started agricultural operations back in 1785.Washington, Georgia is a lovely place to live, work, and play with its many historical sites that visitors can immerse themselves in our nation's history. The Washington-Wilkes Visitor Center is your local resource for everything you need to plan your next trip to the area. Visit our website to access all of our helpful resources for residents and visitors alike!