Kettle Creek Battlefield
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SkipJAtlanta
Atlanta204 contributions
Feb 2018
This was a significant Revolutionary War battle that took place in eastern Georgia. That in itself makes this a noteworthy site to explore, especially if the British strategy of invading the south following the failure of northern attempts to quell the American revolution is a novel idea. The British were seeking to enlist local Tories to join them. A large group was on its way to join the English army in Augusta when patriot forces fell upon them at Kettle Creek. The site is well maintained and recent work on its trail system with the addition of some good signage offers the casual visitor an enjoyable treat. There are crosses posted in the woods along the trail at the discovered positions of possible graves, although the archaeology to say these are definite sites of human graves remains inconclusive. (Bodies ultimately dissolve completely leaving only particular chemical enzymes. There have been human chemical markers discovered lying within ground penetrating radar depressions in the soil, but no artifacts.) Nevertheless, the crosses, whose locations dovetail with the history of the battle, add a dimension to the battlefield that is eerie. I was reminded of the markers to be found across the Little Big Horn battlefield in Montana that indicate where soldiers and some of the indians fell in combat.

It would be worthwhile to read a little about the battle prior to visiting, but there are good brochures at the trailhead around the principal battle site that provide a summary of the circumstances. A lot of credit for the site goes to a terrific local association that maintains and oversees the acreage and is constantly seeking new ways to expand the battlefield through purchase of neighboring land parcels. Another Revolutionary site of even greater significance lies south of Augusta. It is called Briar Creek and it is where a battle (patriots lost badly) took place that possibly caused the extension of the entire war for an extra year. That site has yet to be developed but the same people that have created such a great location at Kettle Creek are hoping to accomplish something similar there.

No visitor center or facilities. At this point these are part of a hoped for future expansion. Except on special occasions the tours are self-guided. (Although the Revolutionary War Days celebrations that take place in Washington, Georgia every year on the weekend closest to the battle's anniversary of Feb. 14 bring out scores of re-enactors and special ceremonies and tours.) The battlefield trails are easy but not handicapped accessible. The location in rural Georgia about 8 miles out from the town of Washington is quiet and inviting. If you are a history buff this one is a definite go.
Written February 10, 2018
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ChartreuseBuzzard
Lawrenceville, GA832 contributions
Jun 2015 • Business
KETTLE CREEK BATTLE:
February 14,1779, Wilkes County, GA holds a unique place in America history. It was the battle that turned the tide of victories in the British Southern Campaign of the American Revolution, ultimately leading to Patriot victory at Yorktown!

PROGRESS: Through the dedicated fund-raising and volunteer efforts of the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association, the century-old 14-acre park on and around War Hill now has an additional 60 battlefield acres. Trails have been cut, and a new parking lot and signage have been added.

CHECK: Georgia Welcome Stations for a free SAR brochure entitled "Georgia's Revolutionary War Trail" as well as free SAR brochures on each of the RW battles in Georgia.

VISIT ANYTIME: Kettle Creek Battlefield is open year-around for self-guided tours. It is a pleasant and scenic 15-minute drive from the lovely and historic city of Washington, GA.

ALSO BE SURE TO VISIT every year on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday closest to February 14 to participate in the annual celebration of the Patriot victory at Kettle Creek.

FREE EVENTS INCLUDE: A parade of costumed and musket-toting men women, and children with music and the award-winning GASSAR Color Guard, narrated re-enactment of the battle, living history performances and demonstrations, narrated tours of the battlefield, SAR & DAR wreath-laying ceremony, CAR 13-Colony Ceremony on War Hill, and a Colonial church service.

The KCBA Annual Meeting and Banquet is held on the Friday night of that weekend, and registration information for the banquet is available from the Washington- Wilkes Tourism Office.
Written June 25, 2015
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wWToombs
Washington, GA28 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Peaceful out of the way location, nice ADA trail around War Hill. Nature trails leading to historic sites and crosses marking the burial sites of the War dead. Hoping for Nation Park Status in the future! Bring water and there are no bathrooms.
Written July 6, 2019
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Blue-Eyes-Fam
Bonaire, GA355 contributions
Mar 2022
We were less than thrilled with the trails here. They were not very well marked, and the signs made references to features which were not on the trail maps, not did the trail maps provide any indication of distances. The battlefield itself is minimally marked and based on what we saw and read there we would have had almost no comprehension of the events of the battle or it's relevance, had we not stopped previously at the Washington Historical Museum in town. That Museum contains a 3D topographical map of the battlefield, the flow of the battle and important areas that had been excavated and/or preserved. If you want to visit the battlefield I encourage you to go to the Museum first.
Written May 16, 2022
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Jim McLendon
Franklin, TN376 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
Toured this site because of my family's heritage and involvement in this important battle. The site is being studied for further development, to increase in size and scope. The names of some of the patriots who fought in this battle are written on various forms of monuments, however there are more expected as a verification process moves forward. Clearly worth the visit.
Written June 17, 2014
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cga70
Birmingham, AL72 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
I don't really know what I was expecting, but I didn't realize the battle was actually on top of a steep hill. Hard to imagine a battle at that sight but I'm glad we won! There is a small cemetary there which I thought was great--final resting place for people who fought in that battle (but did not die). Be careful walking around though--lots of holes/dips in the ground.
Written December 2, 2012
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GeorgiaFollygirl
Georgia3 contributions
Nov 2011 • Family
I had no idea that visiting the Kettle Creek Battle Field would lead me to land that lay adjacent to my ancestors' land on Kettle Creek and that I would see family names on the markers at the site. It was a wonderful experience and my family and I will return
Written October 11, 2012
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MARY W
Cumming, Georgia, USA316 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
I recently attended the 240th Anniversary of the Kettle Creek battle. I'd never been to the Kettle Creek Battlefield, before, so wasn't quite sure what to expect. It's about 10 miles outside of Washington, GA. There's a small parking lot at the base of War Hill where there's a monument, plus quite a few makers including one that listed the names of those that they could confirm were part of the battle. So thankful for those that purchased the land and created the monument. There are some fairly new trails around War Hill and there are markers on the right side that indicate where the actual battle occurred This is a must do for history buffs!
Written February 12, 2019
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262patriciaa
107 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Although the battlefield was hard to locate, once we did, it was a very nice drive through. There are several hiking trails for the more adventurous person. Some of the graves can be seen out in the woods as you drive down the gravel road. At the end of the road, there is a cemetery with revolutionary graves and an obelisk. It was well worth the drive to find it.
Written October 7, 2018
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Christina G
19 contributions
May 2017
Huge with tons of info and absolutely gorgeous. Before you hit the hilltop there's a road you can go down with unmarked graves from an old church and possibly the battle.
Written May 14, 2017
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