Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site

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Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site

Georgia

(770) 443-7850

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Overview

Pickett's Mill is one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation. Visitors can travel roads used by Union and Confederate troops, see earthworks constructed by these men, and walk through the same ravine where hundreds died.

The property is the site of the Battle of Pickett's Mill. Ten thousand Confederate and 15,000 Union soldiers fought over this ground in General William T. Sherman's attempt to by pass the Confederate position and move his army towards Atlanta. The four-hour battle resulted in 1,500 Union and 500 Confederate casualties. Most of the dead were buried on the site, though after the war they were re-interred in the Marietta National Cemetery.

At one time only a few local historians knew the exact location of Pickett's Mill Battlefield. The site was studied and informally mapped by Wilbur Kurtz and Beverly Debose in the 1930s. Interest remained minimal until the 1960s and the Centennial of the American Civil War. At that time the site, owned by Georgia Kraft Paper Company, was becoming increasingly popular among relic hunters. Finally in 1972 several amateur historians led by Dr. Phil Secrist purchased a core piece of the battlefield consisting of 400 acres. After convincing legislators of the value of the property, the state purchased it in 1974. Fortunately the site had changed little since the Civil War battle, 110 years earlier, and was in almost pristine condition. The state negotiated with several other smaller landowners and purchased the last piece of the park in 1982. The Group Shelter was built in 1989 and the visitor center was built in 1990. After installation and completion of exhibits the site was officially opened to the public in May 1992. There are several miles of trenches dug by these men still in existence on the park.

Map of Pickett's Mill Battlefield (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 33.973450, -84.759683

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Activities

  • Hiking

    There are 4 miles of hiking trails that take visitors around the battlefield.

  • Historic Sites

    A visitor center offers film, artifacts, and exhibits on the Civil War and the Battle of Pickett's Mill. Hiking trails cover the battlefield and allow visitors to explore the Union and Confederate strategic positioning. Original Civil War entrenchments, wagon roads, and artillery emplacements can be seen along certain parts of the trails.

  • Picnicking

    Several picnic tables can be found throughout the park. For larger functions, there is an enclosed shelter for rent that can accommodate 175 people and has an indoor/outdoor barbecue pit, heat, fans, and restrooms. The shelter is air conditioned and ADA accessible.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Directions

Driving

Take I-20 exit #44, turn left onto Thornton Rd. (Hwy 278) West. Follow Hwy 278 for 10 miles. Make a right onto Hwy 92. Travel North on Hwy 92 for approximately 6 miles. Look for brown Pickett's Mill signs as you continue. Turn left onto Due West Rd. Continue 2 miles. Turn right onto Mt. Tabor Church Rd. The site is 1/2 mile on the right.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(770) 443-7850

Permits

(800) 864-7275

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