2012-05-31 / Front Page

Kettle Creek battlefield gets grant to preserve Revolutionary War site

By KIP BURKE
news editor


A new agreement will help preserve the Revolutionary War Kettle Creek battlefield into the future. A new agreement will help preserve the Revolutionary War Kettle Creek battlefield into the future. With the help of concerned organizations and a new local group, an important first step has been taken to preserve and develop the Kettle Creek Revolutionary battlefield into a historic park for future generations.

“The Kettle Creek Battlefield Association recently received notice of a $50,000 award to develop a battlefield master plan,” said Dr. Joe Harris, association Chairman. “The CSRA Regional Commission Planning Department in Augusta has been directed to start immediate plans for funding to begin July 1, 2012, with the plan complete in fiscal year 2012-2013.”

The battlefield park, Harris said, “would preserve a critical component of American history, increase public recreational and educational opportunities, and augment further development of the community’s heritage and economy.”

The development of the battlefield plan involves contractual arrangements among the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the CSRA Regional Commission, the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners, and the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association

Approval of the plan will open the way for long-term preservation, Harris said, and begin an educational process for dissemination of the 2009 archeological evidence, topography, enhanced military training on strategic studies and history, and an update on the National Register of Historic Places with the Department of the Interior.

The grant will be bolstered by matching funds now being raised by the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association and others. “Members of Georgia SAR Chapters around the state have been donating funds to the KCBA effort,” treasurer Tom Owen said. “We have gained nearly 150 business, organizations, and individual memberships in the past 100 days as well as raising some $15,000 and pledges for an additional $8,000 towards matching funds.”

The association, organized in the last year by interested parties, has worked with Dr. David Crass the state Department of Natural Resources’ Historic Preservation Division, and the Anne Floyd of the CSRA Regional Commission to seek the needed funds to move ahead with the master plan to establish a park, Harris said. “The Georgia State Master Plan for site development is the first step in securing this historic location for our children and American heritage.”

The effort to develop the battlefield site has been a work of many hands, Harris said. “The months of meetings with DNR and the Regional Commission were supported by the Washington-Wilkes Chapter of the SAR and the Kettle Creek Chapter of the DAR. Within four months, the association has reached a membership of more than 100 people from more than 20 states.”

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