The Georgia Trust Expedition: Washington
Saturday, July 21, 2018 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Georgia Trust invites you to discover the historic homes and sites of Washington, Georgia.

The epitome of small town charm, Washington is said to have more antebellum homes per capita than any other city in the state. Attendees will explore grand white-columned mansions, preservation projects in-progress and other fascinating sites significant to the history of Wilkes County.

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Save $10 and buy your tickets online before the tour! Tickets purchased on event day will be an additional $10.

Featured Historic Homes and Sites

Sunday Bonus Tour Sites

Expedition Itinerary at a Glance

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Registration and Packet Pick-up
First Baptist Church
105 W Robert Toombs Avenue
Start the day by picking up your registration packet at Washington’s First Baptist Church. Founded in 1827, Reverend Jesse Mercer served as the church’s first pastor. Reverend Mercer founded Mercer Institute which is now Mercer University.

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Orientation
After picking up your packet at First Baptist Church, stick around for a brief presentation of the history of Washington and Wilkes County.

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Washington Expedition
Explore Washington’s finest and most historic homes. Historic and hospitable, Washington boasts a picturesque town square and an abundance of beautifully restored antebellum homes. Guests will also enjoy touring the Mary Willis Library, the first public library in the state of Georgia, and Cherry Cottage, one of the oldest existing buildings in Wilkes County, which is available for sale through The Georgia Trust’s Revolving Fund.

Unless otherwise noted in the event program, tour sites are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Washington
Enjoy lunch from your choice of charming downtown restaurants. Downtown Washington is a wonderful example of the growing Main Street movement and features dozens of unique shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. A $10 Downtown Dollar certificate will be included in your packet and will be valid at a variety of restaurants and shops located downtown.

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closing Reception
End the day with a mint julep in hand at the fully restored 1790 Peacewood, a stunning country estate that features an impressive Plantation Plain turned Greek Revival style house and several original outbuildings.

Sunday, July 22
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bonus Sunday Tour
Not normally open on Sundays, the Washington Historical Museum, Callaway Plantation and Robert Toombs House are opening their doors to show attendees more of the area’s rich history. Guests can also tour Kettle Creek Battlefield, where an expert will be on hand to answer questions. This bonus tour is an additional $20, and all proceeds from the Sunday tour will be donated back to the museums.

Lunch & Closing Reception

Guests will enjoy lunch from their choice of participating downtown eateries with a $10 lunch voucher that is included in the ticket price.

The Expedition ends with a special closing reception at 5 p.m. with drinks and hors d’oeurves at Peacewood Farm, a stunning 1790 country estate that features an impressive Plantation Plain turned Greek Revival style house and several original outbuildings.

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Bonus Sunday Tour

The Georgia Trust staff has to leave Saturday night, but that doesn’t mean you have to! Stick around on Sunday and learn more about the area’s rich history at three historical museums and Kettle Creek Battlefield. Not normally open on Sundays, these sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Add on Sunday’s bonus tour for an additional $20. All proceeds from this Sunday tour will be donated back to the museums.

The Washington Historical Museum (pictured) is located in a restored and furnished antebellum house containing a fine collection of many exhibits that tell the story of Wilkes County through the stories of the people that lived and worked in the community.

Callaway Plantation is a historic restoration project telling the story of one family’s legacy. Beginning with a log cabin in 1785 that grew to a 3,000-acre working plantation complete with a brick mansion by the 1860s, the property is now home to six unique historic structures open for public tour: the Log Cabin (1785), the Grey House (1790), the Gilmer House (1800), the Dally Slave Cabin (1840), a one-room School House (1891) and the General Store (1930).

The Robert Toombs House is the former home of Robert Toombs, a U.S. senator and representative. He was also a Confederate general and secretary of state during the Civil War. Operated as a state historic site, the 19th century period historic house museum features exhibits about the life of Toombs.

Kettle Creek Battlefield is where Patriots defeated Loyalists to forever break the stranglehold the British had on Georgia during the American Revolution in 1779. An expert will be on site to answer questions.

Special thanks to and Brian Brown/Vanishing North Georgia for allowing us to use their beautiful images.

What is an Expedition?

A Georgia Trust Expedition invites members and guests to explore a Georgia town located off the beaten path. These day-long, self guided tours are designed to reflect a town’s unique history and development by including a variety of historic sites, from vernacular homesteads to historic industrial sites to grand homes, as well as historic landscapes and natural features. Expeditions educate participants about Georgia’s small town heritage while celebrating ongoing preservation and revitalization efforts.

Tours are self-guided, and guests provide their own transportation. Maps and programs are provided at packet pick-up.

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