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Historic Site at Resaca, GA.

This page is devoted to information on the development of the State of Georgia's Battlefield Park at Resaca. It will be updated as information is available. Feel free to visit our site regarding the fight to protect the Park's land from private development here.

April 6, 2015-
Resaca Battlefield Historic Site will Open Soon!

After many years of overcoming challenges, the Friends of Resaca Battlefield, Inc. is excited to announce that the new "Resaca Battlefield Historic Site" will be opening soon (date to be announced). Finally most of the major road blocks have been agreed upon by Gordon County and the State of Georgia, Department of Natural Resources.

At present final work is being completed at the entrance. Work on park signage, re-located gate, & lighted flag pole is under way. Interior improvements are being made in the way-side pocket parks, and trail marker indication location are being installed. A final punch list meeting between Gordon County, DNR, & Friends of Resaca Battlefield should occur very near future. All the parties involved with the park opening are working very hard together in a accelerated manner to ensure that the site is completed correctly to honor the brave soldiers that fought and died at the 1864 Battle of Resaca.

While the park will be open soon, the Friends of Resaca Battlefield, Inc. work will not be done. We still need public support by means of Membership dues and donations to expand historical interpretive markers as well as several other projects to be announced soon. The Friends of Resaca Battlefield, Inc. has played the leading role in preserving the Resaca Battlefield Historic Site, Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site, & the historic Chitwood Farm representing approximately 1,100 acres of the 1864 battlefield. Not a bad effort from a small group of volunteers! The Friends of Resaca Battlefield, Inc. is a non-profit (501-C-3) organization. We would like to thank all of our great supporters over the years and look forward to making new friends!

Submitted by Ken Padgett, President

Some photos from recent work on the Historic Site...

A winding road takes the visitor into the Site, allowing each guest to enjoy the scenic natural beauty and historic significance of the space.

The Camp Creek valley is one of the best kept secrets in northwest Georgia. Soon everyone will be able to enjoy this wonderful landscape while pondering the significance of the fighting that took place on this hallowed ground.

Here you can see an example of the parking available at one of the way-side stations along the road. Friends of Resaca Battlefield President Ken Padgett and Executive Board members John Guider and Tony Patton recently inspected all the Park's signage and noted any corrections that might be needed.

Board Member Keith Beason walked one of the many side trails that will be available to the public in the field of the Camp Creek valley. He also checked interprative signage along the way. There are several miles of trails throughout the Historic Site, most are along the ridgelines where both sides dug entrenchments during the battle.

A pavillion is located about halfway up the valley. There are restrooms provided here as well as some picnic tables to relax and enjoy the surroundings or to discuss the battle that took place all around the pavillion. The interpretive signage is important to giving each visitor an informed overview of the battle.

Ken Padget, Tony Patton, John Guider, and Keith Beason review signage near the pavillion. You can see the ample parking provided behind them.

This is an example of the signage in the Historic Site. The signs discuss the Atlanta Campaign in general, many of the aspects of the campaign that happened near the Historic Site and, of course, the Battle of Resaca itself.

October 27, 2008 -
Ground Breaking At Last!

The official State of Georgia ceremony for breaking ground on the new Resaca Battlefield State Historic Site has finally happened. For our organization this has been a long time coming. The ceremony took place on the battlefield itself and was well-attended by many state and local dignitaries as well as dozens of other individuals with a long-standing interest in the battlefield's preservation. It is hoped that the park will open in 2010. Updates will be made available on this site.

You can read the official press release on the park from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources here.

September 24, 2002 -
State of Georgia Acquires Corridor for Battlefield Park

Progress on the 500+ acre Battlefield Park has been impeded by several things, not the least of which has been State budget woes. But, the State has now acquired an important piece of property that will enable the development of the park to move forward. After difficult negotiations, the Department of Natural Resources authorized the purchase of a less than 2 acre tract to supply a vital access corridor to the main park area from State Highway 136.

In May, 2001 tentative plans for the Resaca Battlefield Park were presented publicly for the first time by the State's Department of Natural Resources before a packed house at the Gordon County Library. Here, Lee Walton of the contracted Atlanta landscape planning firm Robert and Company presents details and listens to feedback from those in attendance. Final plans, based upon public input, are expected soon.