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Things To Do

Whether you live here, are planning to move here, or planning your vacation, here's a list of fun things to do in Washington-Wilkes.

  • Take a tour of Washington's Historic district with Miss Fanny's Tours. Visit her website here:  website (additional  information at the Welcome Center)
  • Do a self-guided walking/driving tour of Washington-Wilkes (available at the Welcome Center downtown and other tourist sites around town)
  • Golf, Swim or fish at the Washington-Wilkes Country Club 706-678-2046
  • Go GeoCaching
  • Visit one of our three museums; The Washington Historical Museum 706-678-2105, The Robert Toombs House 706-678-2226, or Callaway Plantation 706-678-7060
  • Take an art class at the Connely Gallery in downtown Washington
  • Visit the Revolutionary War battlefield of Kettle Creek
  • Do genealogy research
  • Shop at our many wonderful retail stores throughout the county
  • Visit our weekly farmer's market every Saturday behind the Courthouse for local produce and baked goods
  • Have family fun with the whole community at one of our many annual festivals
  • Attending an exciting event at the Aonia Pass Motocross website

Visit Washington-Wilkes

"Try as they might, few places really deserve the modifier 'charming'. Washington, with its grand antebellum and elegant Victorian homes, truly qualifies."

That's what Southern Living magazine said about Washington, Georgia recently. And that's one good reason why Washington - with all its historic homes and unique shops, inns and restaurants - is a small Georgia town full of people that you truly need to meet and experience when you visit.

 

 

Festivals & Events

 February

Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Each Saturday in February, Washington-Wilkes celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination.

 

Battle of Kettle Creek Anniversary

February 14

On the second weekend of February each year, patriotic and historical organizations from throughout the nation join with descendants of participants and the public, to celebrate the anniversary of the Revolutionary War Battle of Kettle Creek. "We have been to tons of historical sites, lots of events and reenactments. This was without a doubt the most family/child friendly, educational, and well organized event we have ever attended!" - Pam Sutton, Jones Creek, GA

Sponsored by the Georgia Society and Samuel Elbert chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.

 April

Spring Tour of Homes

First weekend in April

Features several private homes open only for this tour. Also features many churches, public buildings, museums, and other sites. Sponsored by the Women's Club, the Kiwanis Club, Washington Historical Foundation and the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce.  website

 

The Toombs House Living History Program

First weekend in April

Always the weekend before the Masters Golf Tournament, the living history program focuses on an actual "spring event" in Toombs' life. Research and resources are documented.

 

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Cruise-In on the Square Antique Car Show

Second Saturday in May & September

Held the second Saturday in May. Antique cars and trucks cruise in to be displayed on the square. Open to the public. Sponsored by Memory Lane Cruisers.  website

 July

Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza 

Always July 3rd ( Not July 4th)

Kick off your summer with some fun and games for the whole family on our Historic Downtown Square.

 September

Cruise-In on the Square Antique Car Show

Second Saturday in May & September

Held the second Saturday in May. Antique cars and trucks cruise in to be displayed on the square. Open to the public. Sponsored by Memory Lane Cruisers.  website

 October

Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival

Second Saturday in October

Held the second Saturday in October. A celebration of plantation life in the Old South with mule contests, primitive demonstrations, food, an arts & crafts show, and fun for the whole family. Held at Callaway Plantation. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

 November

I'd Rather Be In Tignall - Fall Festival

Each year, the second Saturday of November,  the town of Tignall and the North Wilkes Steering Committee host a Fall Festival aimed at promoting their community and their families. This family affair has lots of Food, Fun, Arts & Crafts and Live Music. Held from 10:00am-4:00pm. at the old Tignall School grounds located on Independence St. Contact Gloria Ware 706-285-2058 or Carolyn Gammon 706-285-2736.

 December

Snowing on the Square

Snowing on the Square will take place three times this season, so be sure to mark your calendars. The first evening will be Tuesday, November 24, which is also the night the City of Washington will light the Christmas tree on the town square. The second evening will be Saturday, December 12 before the annual Parade of Lights. The final evening of snow will be Tuesday, December 22. We hope you will bring your friends and family for these magical moments on the town square.

 

Candlelight Shopping Holiday Open House

This year, Washington will usher in a new holiday tradition on November 24 with the lighting of the town Christmas tree on the square. Stores will be open after-hours for shoppers and there will be snow on the square! Shoppers can come out again to choose the perfect last minute items on December 22 and bring the kids for snow on the square again. Fun for the whole family!

 

Christmas Dinner & Holiday Tour

This year's event features a number of private homes open for tour during the day and another set of private homes hosting a multi-course dinner in the evening . A walking tour of the downtown square will be offered, as well a vignettes from Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Robert Toombs House. This wonderful holiday dinner and tour will be the highlight of your Christmas season. Sponsored by the Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation, click here for ticket information or call 877-221-7689.

 

Holiday Gala at Callaway Plantation

Join the Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation as they kickoff membership for the 2016 year and celebrate the season. Enjoy a rare glimpse of Callaway Plantation dressed up for Christmas and lit up for an evening of merriment. For ticket information, visit http://historyofwilkes.org/events.html or call 877-221-7689.

 

The Toombs House Living History Program

This year's Christmas Living History program will feature scenes recreated from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

 
 

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