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    Name: Revolutionary Days
    Date: February 8, 2019 - February 10, 2019
    Event Description:
    Take Notice 
    240th Anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek 
        Revolutionary Days
     A National Society SAR Historic Site Event 
    Sponsored  by the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution 
    February 8, 9 & 10, 2019
     Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia 

    Join us this weekend as we celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek. Relive colonial history through a host of activities in and around the Historic Square in Downtown Washington, home to the only existing monument honoring African-American Revolutionary soldiers. History comes to life with re-enactors in colonial attire and patriotic colors, music and musket volley, and a colonial parade. Following the parade there will be a dramatic portrayal of the victorious action that occurred at Kettle Creek in 1779. Other sites to see and location of activities and programs:
     Kettle Creek Battle Field; 106 War Hill Road; Washington, Ga 30673
    (GPS Coordinates: 33.690796 N; 82.884563 W)
     Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce; 22B West Square
     Robert Toombs House Museum; 216 E. Robert Toombs Ave
     Washington Historical Museum; 308 E Robert Toombs Ave
     Callaway Plantation; 2160 Lexington Rd
     The Mary Willis Library; 204 E Liberty St
     The Episcopal Church of The Mediator; 2014 E Robert Toombs Ave

    For more information contact Walker Chewning at 678-409-4644

    The Robert Toombs House, Callaway Plantation and the Washington Historical Museum will remain open for visitors.  SEE PROGRAM OFFERINGS BELOW

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    Friday, February 8, 2019
    PROGRAMS AT WAR HILL, the site of The Battle of Kettle Creek.
    Take a walking tour of the Kettle Creek Battlefield site and enjoy the marked trails and interpretive signs. Informational Guides will be available in the afternoon.
    12:00 The 1779 Battle at Kettle Creek Described by Lt. Col. Allen Burton, Professor of History, Augusta University.
    12:30 Guided Tours of the War Hill Loop Trail conducted by Walker Chewning, Chair, Board of Directors Kettle Creek Battlfield Association
    1:30 Demonstration of Cannon Firing, Musket Loading and Firing On War Hill by Elijah Clarke Militia, Georgia Society Sons of the Amercian Revolution
    2:00 Traveling Trunk Presentation of Colonial Items for Home Use/Needs for Daily Survival presented by Compatriots Rick Reese, Piedmont Chapter and Shep Hammack, Mount Vernon Chapter GA SAR.
    5:00 P.M.  The Kettle Creek Battlefield Association, Georgia Society SAR and Kettle Creek NSDAR hosts an annual banquet with a Revolutionary War program in honor of the Kettle Creek Patriots. For full Invitation with details, click here:  Kettle Creek Battlefield Association
    Saturday, February 9, 2019
    9:00 A.M.  The Georgia Society SAR Elijah Clarke Militia Honor Guard with Musket Salutes will raise the 1776 Colors of the Revolutionary War on the Wilkes County Courthouse Flag pole.  
    9:00 A.M. - Noon  Historical performers in the City Square, Georgia Society SAR Living History building with demonstrations located in the historic News Building just off the Square.  Just follow the signs. The Mary Willis Library will host a film about the Kettle Creek battle. The Robert Toombs House Historic site features period performers and a special program called the Seeds of War.  The Washington City Museum features the Kettle Creek Artifact Room.  
    10:00 A.M.  The Georgia Society SAR combined Color Guard & Militia will gather at the Revolutionary War monument on the Washington City square to Salute and Honor the Wilkes County Militia - (the Heroes of the Hornets? Nest) and all Revolutionary War Patriots.  
    10:30 A.M.  Gather behind the Courthouse for the assembly of the Revolutionary War Parade? ALL the public (Children & Grownups) are welcome to participate in the event as our National Colors and re-enactors lead us around the City square. 
    10:45 A.M.  Parade STARTS
    11:00 A.M.  Georgia Society SAR Elijah Clarke Militia and other re-enactors with black-powder muskets will present a dramatic portrayal of the Battle of Kettle Creek in Fort Washington Park behind the Wilkes County Courthouse.  
    11:45 A.M.  The Georgia Society SAR Color Guard--Elijah Clarke Militia and others, will present arms and fire a thunderous musket salute as the Revolutionary War Colors are lowered and our Present-day National Colors are raised on the Square.  
    2:30 P.M.  Pageantry at the Kettle Creek Battlefield includes, Continental Army, Georgia Militia, Musket volley salutes, Wreath Presentations, SAR/DAR/CAR, Hereditary Organizations, Local, State & National officials, High School JROTC, students and public, place wreaths to honor the Heroes of the Hornets? Nest--the Wilkes County Militia for their 1779 Victory at Kettle Creek.  
    9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.  The Robert Toombs Historic Site and the City Museum will remain open for visitors.
    Sunday, February 10, 2019
    9:00 A.M.   Join the Georgia Society SAR and the Kettle Creek Chapter, NSDAR in a Colonial Worship Service honoring the Wilkes County Militia (Heroes of the Hornets? Nest) and the SC Upper 96 Militia who together defeated the Loyalists at the Battle of Kettle Creek. As in the past this Colonial Service is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate. The service will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Mediator in downtown Washington.

    SATURDAY'S Events/Programs at the 3 Museums:
    The Washington Historical Museum: 
    Just in time for Kettle Creeks Days, the Washington Historical Museum is excited to present the new Lidar Radar Map of the entire Kettle Creek Battlefield.  Lidar is a surveying method measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor.  Lidar sometimes is called 3D laser scanning.

    Legacy of Leadership:  Andrew Pickens and John C. Calhoun Private Collection Exhibit
    The Washington Historical Museum is having a special exhibit of the personal belongings of Andrew Pickens and John C. Calhoun, two historic figures from South Carolina.  This exhibit will be on display through July 2019.
    Andrew Pickens (1739-1817) gained fame for his leadership in the American Revolution including the Battle of Kettle Creek. However, it is his peacemaking between the Indians and settlers for which he is best remembered. 
    John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) was Secretary of War from 1817 to 1825; Vice-President of the United States, 1825-1832; and Secretary of State, 1844-1845. He is best remembered for the rallying cries of states’ rights and nullification.

    Trunk Show American Revolution Traveling Trunk Show: 
    Interpretive lecture held throughout Revolutionary War Day Saturday, February 9, 2019.  This lecture will explain and demonstrate household items, kitchen tools, fire making techniques, as well as clothing accessories, and much more during the time of the American Revolution.

    The Robert Toombs House: 
     Robert Toombs Houses will host a living history program telling the journey of Tea from China to America. “Tea though an Asian commodity, helped bring about American Independence”. The Seeds of War will include the Camellia sinensis-tea plant, tea served with historic recipe for a “taste” of history and a living history program upstairs.

    Callaway Plantation:  
    Want to learn to make knives, but don't have a forge in your backyard? Not to worry - we've got you covered, come learn with us! Callaway is proud to offer Forge Club! Members have access to our Blacksmith Shop and equipment and first dibs on our instructor led demonstration classes!

    Contact Information:
    Walker Chewning 678-409-4644
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