Historic state location receives nationally recognized designation

Georgia's Historic Preservation Division (HPD), housed in the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, announced Kettle Creek Battlefield near the northeast city of Washington received Affiliated Area Designation. The HPD team has worked with local leadership for years by providing technical assistance, resources, and help for grant application processes. The city’s new distinction will allow the site to bear the nationally recognized National Park Service (NPS) arrowhead logo, a move many see as a key step in attracting more press coverage, attention, and funding.

The National Park Service (NPS) directly manages 419 units nationally seen as central to the preservation of the nation's natural and historic legacy. Called affiliated areas, these sites are recognized by Congress as locations that "preserve significant properties outside the National Park System … [and] draw on technical or financial aid from the National Park Service" while being owned or operated by institutions or organizations that are not federally owned.

In order to receive the designation, potential sites must meet a rigorous set of criteria. They must be managed in keeping with official NPS practices, hold similar significance historically, must be sustainable, and much more. Most affiliated areas were established by acts of Congress, with others being created through administration by the Secretary of the Interior. Jamestown National Historic Site in Virginia is currently the oldest existing affiliated area and was designated in 1940.

More than 80 years later, Kettle Creek Battlefield near Washington has joined its ranks. Owned by Wilkes County, managed by the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, the site represents a major turning point in the American Revolution on the southern front. In 1779, the British attempted to gain footing in the South by establishing an army of soldiers still loyal to the Crown.

The force, led by Colonel John Boyd, recruited 800 men to join the British Commander Archibald Campbell and his army. They were stopped and defeated by Patriot Colonels Andrew Pickens, Elijah Clarke, and John Dooly after launching a three-pronged attack that left Colonel Boyd mortally wounded. 

For more information on affiliated areas, their history, the review process, and much more visit the Congressional Research Service.