Annual Revolutionary Days celebration is a sunny success
“I have attended all of the 14 Battle of Kettle Creek observances, and this was the finest one yet,” said George Thurmond, past president, Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution. “The weather cooperated beautifully and the Revolutionary spirit was everywhere. We had the largest number of states represented – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee Ohio and Kentucky.”
The perfect weather and growing public awareness of the annual event brought the largest crowds yet seen. “We estimate at least 400 Saturday morning on The Square and at least 300 Saturday afternoon at War Hill Ceremony,” said Bill Ramsaur of the Georgia Society of the SAR.
Due to the hard work of SAR, DAR, and CAR members, the observance has grown dramatically in the past few years with their efforts to reach out to the public, especially children, to bring the Revolutionary War era to life in memorable ways, including living history re-enactors, demonstrations, and a live skirmish.
“People really enjoyed the re-enactment at Fort Washington Park,” said Mike Tomme, State President of the GA Society SAR. “Those visiting War Hill for the first time said it reminded them of a mini- Kings Mountain. It certainly has the potential for development into a year-round attraction.”
Some 300 participants took part in Saturday afternoon’s solemn wreath-laying ceremony at War Hill, including Michael N. Henderson, the first black member of the Georgia Society. Henderson, who serves as vice-president of the Button Gwinnett Chapter of the Georgia Society, placed a wreath at War Hill in memory of black Revolutionary soldier Austin Dabney.