Washington, Georgia

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Washington (originally called Heard's Fort) is a city in Wilkes County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,295 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Wilkes County[3]. The city is often referred to as Washington-Wilkes by locals, distinguishing it from any other Washington in the United States.

Washington has a number of restored antebellum, Victorian, and colonial homes along the narrow, tree-lined streets. Washington claims to have more antebellum homes, per capita, than any other city of its size in Georgia[citation needed]. Several sites in Washington are on the National Register of Historic Places including the Wilkes County Courthouse, the Robert Toombs State Historic Site, the Mary Willis library a Victorian building, with original Tiffany stained glass windows[citation needed], and the first free public library in the state[citation needed].

Also on the list are The Washington-Wilkes Historical Museum [1], and the recently restored Fitzpatrick Hotel built in 1899.

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Revolutionary Washington

The Battle of Kettle Creek one of the most important battles of the American Revolutionary War to be fought in Georgia was fought on February 14, 1779, in Wilkes County about eight miles (13 km) from present day Washington. The battle resulted in a victory for the American Patriots who took 75 prisoners, and killed roughly 70 Loyalists, while losing 32 men in the battle.

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