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241st Anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek

Revolutionary Days

A National Society SAR Historic Sites & Celebrations Event Sponsored by the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution www.GaSocietySAR.org


Friday – February 7th, 2020

Elijah Clark State Park – 2959 McCormick Highway, Lincolnton, GA 30817 10:00 A.M. – Living history at restored cabin and Elijah Clark Museum – Colonial lifestyle

demonstrations, period music, musket and cannon firings, traveling trunk display, book signings

12:00 P.M. – Free chili luncheon and dessert buffet

1:30 P.M. – Heroes of the Hornets’ Nest Wreath Ceremony

Featured speaker this year is noted author, genealogist, and amateur archeologist Dr. David Noble with updated information on the newly discovered Revolutionary War fort, located on what is now Elijah Clark Park land, and commanded by Kettle Creek hero and original Wilkes County Militia Commander Colonel John Dooly. A wreath ceremony at Elijah Clarke’s grave follows, and regional color guard and militia units will combine to bring pomp and circumstance to the occasion.

Wreath request forms will be sent at a later date – This is separate from the Saturday registration. Park entry fees will be waived for attendees. www.GaStateParks.org/ElijahClark


Kettle Creek Battlefield, War Hill Road, Washington, GA 30673

Take a self-guided walking tour of the Kettle Creek Battlefield site and enjoy the marked trails and interpretive signs. The ceremony at the site is scheduled for the next day – Saturday at 2:30 PM


Washington, GA 30673

If you have available time consider visiting the Washington Historical Museum and the Robert Toombs House to enjoy 18th century history and Battlefield Relics. For more information visit – www.washingtonwilkes.org


6:00 P.M. – The Kettle Creek Battlefield Association, Inc. (KCBA), Georgia Society SAR and Kettle Creek NSDAR will host a dinner and Revolutionary War program in honor of the Kettle Creek Patriots. Reservations are required and are to be made directly with KCBA.

Please see the Friday Dinner Invitation. The event is hosted at the Pope Center, 48 Lexington Ave., Washington, GA 30673.  KCBA’s website is – www.kettlecreekbattlefield.com            (Do not use the .org site)


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Saturday Morning – February 8th, 2020

Washington, GA 30673

10:00 – 4:00 P.M. – The Robert Toombs Historic Site, the Washington Historical Museum, and the Mary Willis Library will remain open for visitors. (Museum is open to 5:00 PM)


A National Society SAR Historic Sites & Celebrations Committee Event

Washington Square in Historic Downtown Washington, GA 30673

9:50 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.

9:50 A.M.- 12 Noon – Historical performers in the City Square, Georgia Society SAR Living History building with demonstrations located in a historic 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 programs. The Washington Historical Museum features the Kettle Creek Artifact Room.

10:10 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. – Color Guard and parade participants 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 Washington Square. Parade STARTS at 10:45 A.M.

10:45 A.M. – The parade will start and will march two complete times around Washington Square and will end behind the courthouse at Fort Washington Park.

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 Wilkes County Courthouse Flag pole.


A National Society SAR Historic Sites & Celebrations Committee Event continues

Kettle Creek Battlefield, War Hill Road, Washington, GA 30673

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. Please see “Wreath Registration Form for Saturday” and send to Ed Rigel, Jr.


Sunday – February 9th, 2020

9:00 A.M. – Memorial Service – 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.