From Special Tours to Exhibit Openings and everything in between, there's always something going on at the Washington Museum! Check out our coverage of these great past events! Check back often - we're always adding new stuff to do!
Georgia Quilts Exhibit
The Washington Historical Museum is proud to present the new Georgia Quilts exhibit!
Whether made from scraps and feed sacks, or from fine cottons and silks, every quilt tells a story about its maker and the times in which they lived.
Quilts tell our stories down through the generations. Whether living on a farm or in the city, quilting provides us with a glimpse into our history. Utilitarian quilts, made from old clothes and scraps, tell the stories of people making a living from the soil, cotton mills, and factories. Fancy quilts - made from vibrant fabrics and intricate stitching, bring to life stories of the more affluent.
Tiny Waists… and BIG FAT LIES!
Presented By Sloane Meyer
Are you fascinated with Victorian era clothing? This is the program for you! Pantaloons, petticoats, and peplums galore!
Learn about all the fashion phases and the many MANY layers for the ‘properly’ dressed lady. A feast for the eyes and some truth for the soul. What’s the secret behind Scarlett’s 17 ½ inch waist? Did women really die from arsenic dye? Did corsets really cause permanent deformities? This is your opportunity to look under the Victorian skirt without getting a slap to the face.
Tickets $10 at the door. For reservations, call the Washington Historical Museum at 706-678-2105. Refreshments to be served after the presentation.
Sponsored by the Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation.
Sloane Meyer is an educator, historian, and spirited lecturer. Sloane has coined the phrase ‘academic performer’ to describe her teaching style. Her presentations are equal parts education and entertainment. She has 11 years of experience in the Jackson County school system, attended Gainesville College and the University of West GA and has been on stage and screen since she was a child. Sloane has given her lectures all over Georgia and Louisiana. Locally, she has partnered with the Jackson County Homeschool Group, the Pines Library System, and Brenau University for many years and many events.
This citywide event is always a big success! It is held annually to celebrate the Battle of Kettle Creek which was fought during the Revolutionary War and was the only battle fought and won in the state of Georgia. Re-enactors demonstrated what is thought to have happened at the battle site. Music of the time was played in the town square. There was even a parade! Keep an eye out for next year's celebration so you don't miss it!
Legacy of Leadership: The Private Collections of the Pickens and Calhoun Families
The Washington Historical Museum in accordance with Washington's Revolutionary Days put a new exhibit into their rotating exhibit room. This exhibit included personal artifacts that belonged to Andrew Pickens and John C. Calhoun (and Calhoun's Wife). It even included a pair of trousers that were possibly even worn at our own Kettle Creek!
Andrew Pickens (1739-1817) gained fame for his leadership in the American Revolution including the Battle of Kettle Creek, However, it is his peacemaking between the Native Americans and settlers for which he is best remembered.
John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) was Secretary of War from 1817 to 1825; Vice President of the United States, 1825-1832, and Secretary of State from 1844-1845. He is best remembered for the rallying cries for states rights and nullification.
Curators Tours at Washington Historical Museum!
Saturday November 10th and 17th Currently on display at the Washington Historical Museum is a Vintage Wilkes County Photo Exhibit. The collector and historian of all these wonderful shots will be on hand to show and expound on the various subjects and types of turn-of-the-century photos. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 17 to meet Skeet Willingham and tour the show.
The collection showcases 19th century views of iconic Washington architecture, offers rare and interesting looks into the lives of many notable residents, and a few curiousities. Some images have been shared with the public, some will be on display for the first time.
The tour is included with regular cost of admission, $7, tickets available at the door, come early as space in the gallery is limited.