Friday, December 23, 2011

December Happenings

There has been so much that has happened in the last few weeks.  Our Re-Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting went so well -- thank you to the Washington Wilkes Chamber and Tourism offices that assisted with making that event a success. We had a number of people at the Open House held on December 6th and the evening of December 16th.  We really appreciate all the old and new friends that came out to see our facilities and visit with us.  We also want to send a big thank you to Killick Hinds (and his wonderful wife, Delene) who perfomed in the Talk of the Town space during the evening of open house. Killick sent me a download of his performance that I will make available on our website soon.

Merry Christmas from all of us at the Fitzpatrick Hotel!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Fitzpatrick "Re-Grand Opening" and Open House set for December 6th

As many of you are aware, we have made some significant changes at the Fitzpatrick Hotel over the last year.  Although I have posted pictures of the rooms in progress and completed here on the blog and on our facebook page, we wanted to have an open house so that everyone could see the rooms in person.

This Tuesday, December 6, we will be having a "Re-Grand Opening" ceremony with a ribbon cutting.  The ribbon cutting will take place at approximately 10:00am and will be followed by an Open House from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  We are also making plans to have another open house on the evening of December 16th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Please make plans to attend either one of these events.  We would love to show you around!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

7th Annual Washington Wilkes ArtFest -- November 5 and 6


The 7th annual Washington Wilkes ArtFest will be held on November 5 and 6.  The festival celebrates many mediums of original art, including photography, painting, ceramics, and sculpture.  This year's festival also includes events for children as well.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit http://www.washingtonwilkesarts.org/.  




Monday, October 17, 2011

Gym Facilities Available to Fitzpatrick Guests

Good news for our guests who may pack on a few pounds during the holiday season :-).  The Fitzpatrick has partnered with Washington Total Fitness, located conveniently on the Square, to provide gym facilities for hotel guests.  We appreciate Bennie and Marvin working with us to allow this benefit to our guests.  The gym is open 24/7.  Please ask Oktay for information on how to access the gym when you check-in. 



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Resthaven Revisited -- October 29th at Resthaven Cemetery


The Washington Little Theater will present "Resthaven Revisited" on October 29th.  This unique production takes place in the Resthaven Cemetery and will allow guests to meet some of the historic cemetery's most famous residents.  Tickets are $10 each and proceeeds will benefit Resthaven Cemetery.  Details are below and for more information, visit http://www.historyofwilkes.org/events.html
“Resthaven Revisited”
Written by Robert M. Willingham, Jr.
Produced and Presented by
The Washington Little Theater Company and
The Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation
Stroll through this historic Washington, Georgia
cemetery and meet some of its most famous residents.
  Their dramatic tales will entertain you for a LIFEtime!
Date:  October 29, 2011
Place:  All patrons will be driven to and from Resthaven Cemetery by limousine,
 Departing from The Connely Gallery on The Square,
 7 East Public Square; Washington, GA 30673
Check-In Time:  Anytime between 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
Tickets:  $10.00 or your WLTC Season Ticket
Reservations:   706-678-9582
Special Instructions:  All patrons of this event are asked to please bring a flashlight and to wear comfortable walking shoes. 
Duration of the Cemetery Drama:  Approximately 70 minutes

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Petal Pusher's Christmas -- Open for the 2011 Season

Petal Pushers Christmas is open for the 2011 Season!!!! Store Hours are Monday - Friday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm...Saturdays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm...Sundays after Thanksgiving 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. They also offer night-time parties for groups of 10 or more. Call 706-678-4400 for more information.  Below are a few pictures of some of their unique and wonderful items. 



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cruise-in on the Square on September 10

The Memory Lane Cruisers Car Club is hosting the next Cruise-In on the Square on September 10th from 6:00-9:00pm.  This is always a fun event for everyone -- even those that don't necessarily consider themselves to be car enthusiasts.  For more information, visit http://www.memorylanecruisersga.com/.



Friday, August 12, 2011

Austin Dabney -- Friend

The story of Austin Dabney continues... Austin Dabney's wound threatened his life and had it not been for the kindness and care of Giles Harris, a white fellow soldier, he probably would have died. 

In 1786, the state of Georgia granted Dabney 50 acres of land in recognition for his military service.  Additionally, the legislature provided 70 pounds to emancipate Dabney from his owner, Richard Aycock. 

At this point Dabney was a free man but due to the kindness of Giles Harris, he went to work for the Harris family.  Dabney became such close friends with the Harris family that he remained with them for the rest of his life and even supported their son, William, financially so that he could attend college and law school.  William named his son Austin Dabney Harris in honor of Dabney and Dabney, upon his death, left all of his posessions to Harris.  Dabney and Harris are buried side by side in the Harris family plot.  This story of friendship that crossed all kinds of boundaries is just amazing. 

Harris and Dabney buried side-by-side in the Harris Family plot

*Facts taken from the New Georgia Encyclopedia

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Austin Dabney -- Patriot

On Sunday, August 14th, the City of Washington will host a Black Patriot Monument Ceremony featuring well-known sculptor, Kinzey Branham, on the south end of the Square.  The ceremony will start at 2 pm and will honor Austin Dabney and other black soldiers who fought in the American Revolution. 

I just recently learned about Austin Dabney and I found his story to be fascinating.  Austin Dabney was a slave who moved with his master, Richard Aycock, to Wilkes County.  In an effort to avoid military service, Aycock sent Dabney as his substitute in the Georgia militia.  Dabney proved himself to be a good soldier and played an important part in many skirmishes against the British.  He served under Elijah Clarke and participated in the Battle of Kettle Creek, which took place near Washington.  During the battle, Dabney suffered a serious injury and a white soldier, Giles Harris, took Dabney to his home to care for him. 

Here is where the story really gets interesting -- but we will get to that part tomorrow :-).   

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Congratulations!


Many of you who have visited the hotel over the past few years have had the pleasure of getting to know Oktay and Tatyana.  This past Friday Tatyana became a U.S. Citizen!  We at  the Fitzpatrick would like to offer her heartfelt congratulations!!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fresh Encounter with Richard Blackaby, August 11-13

I am very excited about Fresh Encounter, a ccommunity-wide Revival featuring Dr. Richard Blackaby, that will be held August 11-13 at 7:00 pm at the Pope Center in Washington.  Dr. Richard Blackaby is the co-author of Experiencing God and Fresh Encounter, among other books. 

Mike and I have had the privilege of going through a study that was based on Experiencing God.  Fresh Encounter discusses spiritual renewal and how that can happen in our world today. 

If you are able, please make plans to attend.  Fresh Encounter can also be accessed through Google Books. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Welcome from the Fitzpatrick

We are gratified from the great response we have received from the Groupon Getaway that we are currently running.  It has far exceeded any expectations that we had hoped for.  We would like to welcome all of our Groupon guests and are excited that they will have the chance to discover Washington. 

We are in the process of creating a tab on our website, http://www.thefitzpatrickhotel.com/, that detail many of the great things to do and see around Washington.  This tab will complement our current Events tab that lists the many great happenings in town. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about Washington and the surrounding areas - info@thefitzpatrickhotel.com

Hope to see you soon!
Mike and Christy

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Fitzpatrick -- A Great Place for Reunions

This past weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting two families, the Danners and the Baileys, who were in Washington for family reunions.  We love being a part of family and friends getting togther -- it is nice to see everyone catching up and having fun just being together.  Thank you Danner and Bailey families for letting us be a part of your events!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Work at the Fitzpatrick Continues...



Just wanted to post some pictures of our on-going work at the Fitzpatrick -- as you can see, we brought in the professionals :-).  Currently we are in the process of working on the Suite.  I will post pictures of that soon. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

"Nunset Boulevard" at the Washington Little Theater

The Washington Little Theater Company will present "Nunset Boulevard" on July 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 7:30pm, and will present a matinee performance on July 24 at 3:00pm. 

"Nunset Boulevard" is the latest story in the "Nunsense" series and should be an enjoyable performance for all ages.  Please call 706-678-9582 for reservations. 

For more information about the series, visit http://nunsense.com/home.cfm


Monday, June 27, 2011

Robert Toombs Birthday Celebration -- Saturday, July 2nd

The Robert Toombs House Historic Site will celebrate his birthday on July 2.  Much of the house has recently been repaired and repainted after roof leaks damaged the plaster and moldings.  Fortunately the Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation provided a grant to the Toombs House that allowed them to complete the repairs. 

The celebration of Robert Augustus Toombs’ birthday will consist of a living history program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This Civil War living history program will focus on Robert Toombs resignation as Secretary of State and his determination to serve a brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia in July of 1861.  This event is free and open to the public. 

For more information about the Robert Toombs house or this program, call 706-678-2226 or visit http://www.gastateparks.org/RobertToombsHouse

Friday, June 24, 2011

Looking forward to Friday night...


I am really looking forward to the Fourth of July celebration in downtown Washington next Friday (July 1st).  The fireworks display is really outstanding and the whole event is a lot of fun.  The picture you see below is one that Mercer Harris took of a few years back.  I love this picture -- it not only shows how great the fireworks show is, but what an incredibly gifted photographer Mercer is.


We have been in Washington for the Fourth of July celebration numerous times since we bought the hotel building in 2002.  Each year has been special for various reasons.  Last year, we had some friends that came to Washington to stay at the Fitzpatrick on the night of the fireworks and we had a great time having dinner with them at Talk of the Town and showing them around town. I know this year will be memorable as well.

Consider coming to Washington next Friday night -- it is a great tradition to start!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

84th Playing of the Amos Martin Invitational set for July 2-3.

The Washington-Wilkes Country Club will be hosting the 84th playing of the Amos Martin Invitational golf tournament on July 2nd and 3rd. 

The Washington-Wilkes course is a 9-hole course designed in 1925 by Donald Ross, who also designed the Augusta Country Club and participated in the design of Augusta National.  The course has remained unchanged for over 80 years.  I am not a golfer, but I have been told that the course is a classic with the Donald Ross trademark small, raised greens and is very challenging. 

The tournament is set to begin at 8:30 on Saturday and continue through Sunday afternoon.  The event is open to all golfers and is organized to accommodate up to 110 participants.  More information is available by calling the Washington Wilkes Country Club at (706) 678-2046. 

Any guest participating in the tournament will receive $20 off their room rate when staying at the Fitzpatrick during the weekend of the tournament by asking for the tournament discount when making reservations.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Washington Civil War Roundtable to discuss local General, Porter Alexander on June 27th

Below is information on the next Washington Civil War Round Table meeting scheduled for this Monday evening, June 27th.  The group meets on the third Monday of every month.  Reservations for the dinner and meeting can be made by e-mailing claibourne@darden-atlanta.net or calling (404) 210-5811. 
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Brig. Gen. Porter Alexander (CSA), The Brilliant Warrior from Washington, GA

Mr. Jack Travis, from Wilmington, NC, will present "Brig. Gen. Porter Alexander (CSA), The Brilliant Warrior from Washington, GA" at the Washington Civil War Round Table meeting on Monday evening, June 27, at 6:00 P.M., at the Talk of the Town Café in the historic Fitzpatrick Hotel on The Square in Washington, GA.

Edward Porter Alexander was born May 26, 1835, in Washington, GA. After growing up in Washington, he went to the West Point Military Academy, graduating in 1857. Upon graduation, he joined the elite U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After Georgia succeeded from the Union, Lt. Porter Alexander was appointed a Captain in the Confederate Corps of Engineers in April, 1861. After receiving this appointment, he then formally resigned from the United State Army.

Captain Alexander, in short order, became Chief of the Confederate Signal Corps, where he developed a significant breakthrough system of signaling. In August, 1861, he became Chief of Ordinance of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Right before the Battle of Gettysburg, Col. Alexander, at age 28, was brought over the top of a senior ranked officer to become Chief of Artillery of Lt. Gen. Longstreet’s 1st Corps. He was in command of the artillery barrage before Pickett's charge up Cemetery Ridge. Here he placed 75 guns along a line 1,300 yards long, with 8 others on his right flank. On the left and rear of Alexander's main line were 60 guns from Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill’s Corps, and behind them were 24 of Ewell's guns. In total, there were 167 pieces of artillery involved. Although Col. Alexander drove the Union artillery from the hill, the results of the charge is history.
For outstanding performance, Col. Alexander was soon promoted to Brig. General. He accompanied Lt. Gen. Longstreet to Chickamauga and Knoxville and also was actively engaged in the battles of Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. After The War, Brig. Gen. Porter Alexander distinguished himself and became a professor of engineering, President of a railroad, a prominent rice planer and an author. He was the last surviving Confederate General from Wilkes County when he died on April 28, 1910.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

4th of July Fireworks are on!

Washington, like a lot of other communities, was not certain whether they would have 4th of July fireworks this year. Fortunately, after a large fundraising effort, the decision was made to continue with the annual 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks!   This year’s celebration will be on Friday, July 1, 2011 on the downtown square.  Vendors will be open for business at 4:30 PM and the fireworks display will begin a dark (approximately 9:00PM).  Please join us for the celebration and fireworks and plan to make a weekend of it by making your reservations at the Fitzpatrick!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

New Dress for an Old Lady on Her Rebirthday.

Hi everyone,

I wanted to give everyone an update on the renovations and updates occurring at the hotel.  It has been several months since my last post and things are moving along well.  We have updated 10 rooms to date.  The updates include all new furniture and linens, flat screen TV, and new rugs.  We have upgraded to remove all full size bedding and every room will be either queen or king bed depending on room  layout.  During this update we have also installed a new WiFi system that gives extremely good coverage in all areas of the building.  We are still planning on adding a ipod docking station in each room and a business kiosk in the lobby.

  Christy has done a wonderful job working with our website designer, Wilson Sheldon, to provide a new template for our website that is more user friendly and provides more information to our customers in a dynamic format.  The site just went up and it allows  changes to be made much more easily so the site will remain fresh and valid.


We have repainted much of the public area of the building.  We maintained our same color scheme for these areas since they are representative of the original  colors.  We did however change the color in the rooms during the updates.  We wanted to get away from the dark Victorian colors and move to what I call a "happy color".  We chose a color called Olive Sprig and it is a medium tone green that works well with the stained glass and feels good. 

 

We finished painting the back  and side of the building exterior last week.  We hope  to complete the rooms and paint the front of the building this fall.  I  am open to color suggestions for the front.  I don't want to make a major shift but I do feel like a little change would be nice.

We had a friend of ours who does landscape design come out last week.  We hope to complete a landscape design for the rear of the building soon.  This would be a long term design to be built out in the next three years.  It would include a managers quarters, pool and expanded courtyard.  Our goal with these changes would be to make the facility more comfortable for on site management, privacy in the rear by developing an enclosed courtyard, and promoting the hotel as a whole to be a place of comfort and relaxation that can be used as a small getaway.  Much of this will depend on the economy and our efforts in promoting the hotel as more of a retreat facility.

The hotel has been in operation for 7 years next month and the "Old Lady" is getting a new dress that will make her as relevant and comfortable as any new hotel.  We take great pride in  her and wish her many more years.

Mike

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

Christy and I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day.  This is a wonderful time to reflect on the many blessing we have in this country and the sacrifices made to achieve them.  Please travel safely.

Mike and Christy

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Great Event Thanks to Everyone Participating


Our first Riding for a Reason bicycle event was well attended and even though we had one very frightening occurrence during the ride, all ended well.  I would like to thank everyone.

Athens Land Trust and Staff - Thanks for the work you do helping individuals who may have never had the opportunity to own a home of their own with home ownership as well as helping current owners in distress find help.  The training and mentoring you do in this area is a true blessing to your clients and your neighbors.  It has been a true pleasure working with you on this event and we look forward to working with you in the future.

Sponsors - The ride would not have been possible without a wonderful series of sponsors providing everything from food to mechanical services and transportation as well as financial support.  Sponsors were too numerous to mention all but a particular mention of Georgia Cycle Sports should be made due to their on site mechanical and transportation service that far exceeded our expectation.

Mike Rivers -Mike is a friend to many and works tirelessly in many areas -- one of which is safety and first aid.  He personally provides first aid at many events in the Athens area as well as training others to provide similar assistance.  Mike does all of this from his own personal means with a true spirit of giving.  Mike provided first aid on site during the race and followed to make sure no riders were left behind.

Oglethorpe County Emergency Services -  We had an unfortunate accident where one of the riders was struck by a motor vehicle.  Oglethorpe County EMS and the Sheriff's office responded in a truly amazing way.  If I had not known better, I would have said they were following the ride.  Truly amazing response.  Hats off to you guys.

Bethany Baptist - Thanks for going beyond in providing a rest stop for the riders.  Christy called to ask for use of their driveway as a stop.  The pastor, Jim Olds, responded that not only could we use the driveway, but we could use their fellowship hall, bathrooms and water/ice.  He came out early Saturday morning to make this available and truly exhibited  a "Christ Like" attitude missing in so many ways today.

Riders - This would not have been possible without you.  We hope you had a good time and enjoyable ride.

City of Winterville - Thanks for allowing us to use the city as a starting point and working it in with the Marigold Festival.  Good time for all.

We would also like to request continued prayers and thoughts for Taylor Johnson and his friend Katie Schweitzer.  He is the young man that was struck by a vehicle.  We received a wonderful update and thanks from them this morning.  He was released from the ER with a large contusion on his hip.  No broken bones.  They wanted to thank everyone that the ride was so well organized and personally mentioned Nancy of ALT for being on site within minutes.  They go on to say "We'll probably take a week or so off from riding, but we'll be back in the saddle soon.  We know we were extremely blessed to have the best worst case scenario yesterday."   Their final statement sums up my feelings exactly.

 "Thank you so much for everything and we hope to see you next year!"  


Mike

Friday, May 20, 2011

Getting ready for Riding for a Reason

We are pumped to pedal!  Looking forward to seeing the riders in the morning!



Monday, May 16, 2011

Riding for a Reason is a great reason to get out your bicycle and ride!

The Athens Land Trust along with the Fitzpatrick Hotel are hosting the "first annual" Riding for a Reason bike tour on May 21, 2011.  The ride will begin as part of the Winterville Marigold Festival.  The bicyclists will leave Winterville at 9:00 am and travel through Oglethorpe county and onto Washington.  The ride is 48 miles and will have three stops for refreshment and or any other biker needs.  There will be a van available to shuttle up to 30 bicyclists back to Winterville after lunch and sight seeing in Washington. 
We have been involved with the Athens Land Trust for many years.  They work to preserve land through conservation easements as well as provide affordable housing alternatives.  One area that we have been active in is the needs experienced by existing homeowners who are having trouble maintaining their property due to their age and or financial stress.  Many times these homeowners have no family and no place to turn.  The Athens Land Trust has been helping to fill this need by identifying these particular people and reaching out to them.  They have worked with such organizations as Winterville First Baptist Youth and the Winterville Civitan Club to obtain the needed labor.  One area that is always tough is funding for materials.  We hope that this bike ride will aid in this effort of local organizations to provide for those in less fortunate circumstances.

We also hope that this bike ride will help others come to know the beauty of Wilkes county with the open roads and wonderful history.  We encourage all bikers to come and spend a peaceful weekend in Wilkes and time away from the heavier traffic of denser urban areas.

Looking forward to a wonderful event.

Mike

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Riding for a Reason Bicycle Ride -- May 21, 2011

We wanted to take this opportunity to let everyone know about the Riding for a Reason Bicylcle Ride that will take place on May 21st to benefit the Athens Land Trust. The Athens Land Trust is a non-profit organization with a 15-year history of protecting forest and farmland, providing energy-efficient affordable housing, and revitalizing neighborhoods, which includes building and renovating homes for low-income families.

The ride will begin in downtown Winterville, Georgia, and take some gorgeous country roads to end up at the Fitzpatrick Hotel in downtown Washington, Georgia. The route is approximately 48 miles can be viewed here
Participants' $25 (pre-registration) and $35 (after May 17) entry fee include a t-shirt, refreshments at the beginning and end, as well as at the three planned stops along the route.

For riders wishing to return on the day of the race, a van and trailer will be available to return a limited number of riders and their bikes to Winterville. There are approximately 30 spots available. Please let us know when you register if you would like to reserve a spot on the van.
Route maps will be available on the day of the ride. Pre-registration can be done on-line by going to http://www.active.com/ or by mail using the registration form available on www.athenslandtrust.org.

Spectators welcome along the route and at the start and finish. Donations will be accepted.

Contact Patty at 706-613-0122 or patty@athenslandtrust.org with questions

Hope to see you on the 21st!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I thought I would take this Mother's day as an opportunity to reflect on family.  One of my New Year's resolutions for the last couple of years has been to develop a family tree and a family picture history in our stairway and foyer area of our home.  Mother's day brings this thought to the forefront again.  I think it is important for children and people in general to have an appreciation of their family history.  We study history to appreciate the sacrifices of people and civilizations in order to retain the freedoms we enjoy and not make prior mistakes.  I think it is important that we all have a personal realization of these sacrifices made by individuals in our own families.  This realization can also help us steer clear of problems and understand ourselves.

I find the bonding in a family occurs through the comfort found in repetitive action.  Attending church regularly, eating together at the same time daily, always vacationing the second week of June, etc...  Family can provide stability in an unstable world.  I don't pretend that all families are perfect but I am hoping that we can all strive to make ours a little more perfect.  The family unit is one of the first areas that I learned the concept of forgiveness. 

One of the greatest things that can be done to honor Mothers on this Mother's Day is to maintain family.   When The Fitzpatrick Hotel was reestablished in 2004 one of our goals was to be a family and community focused business.  We would like to renew this pledge this Mother's Day and wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day.

Mike

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It's a Girl!

I don't usually blog about personal items on the Fitzpatrick blog and no, Christy is not pregnant.  For those of you that may not be aware we have been in the adoption process for 2 years this month.  We are adopting a young girl (9 years old) from India.  Her name is Mamali and we will call her Mali for short.  We received word yesterday that our paperwork has been approved by the Indian court system and we hope to travel in July to India.  God has answered a lot of prayers with this one.  If we can ever be of help with anyone thinking about adoption please feel free to contact us.  This is our second adoption and we have learned many things through experience and would love to share it with others and hopefully make their experience better and quicker.

Thanks

Mike
Mamali -- age 9

Friday, April 22, 2011

"One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure" -- Petal Pushers Estate Sale and Indoor Yard Sale Event

Petal Pushers is hosting an Estate Sale (3 of them) and an Indoor Yard Sale (5 families).  I talked to Henry Harris and he said that they have "everything you can possibly think of including the kitchen sink".   Sale items include household goods, appliances, furniture, anitques, china, electronics, and  lot more.  There will be tons of great stuff at incredible prices! They will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm until further notice. Make plans to go see them before it is all gone!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Civil War Roundtable presents "The Confederate Navy, the Magnificent Challenge" on April 25th at the Fitzpatrick Hotel

Mr. Ken Johnston, Program Directror at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, Georgia, will present "Mr. Mallory's Miracle" at the Washington Civil War Round Table meeting on Monday evening, April 25, at 6:00 p.m., at the Talk of the Town Cafe in the Fitzpatrick Hotel located on The Square in Washington, GA.
When the Civil War started, the Confederacy had no navy and extremely few ships and next to no war ships. There were relatively few naval yards and even fewer facilities to make what war ships needed, such as marine engines, heavy naval guns and ship armor. There were few skilled tradesmen who could build war ships. Comparatively few naval officers and trained seamen came from the South. It was this daunting and dire situation that faced the Confederate Secretary of the Navy, Stephen R. Mallory, when he took office. The Pensacola, FL, native threw himself at this impossible task and achieved unbelievable success.
In quick order, the USS Merrimac was raised and salvaged and turned into the ironclad CSS Virginia , which sunk Union war ships and forced the USS Monitor to retire after a severe battle. The Condederate Navy had the first submarine, the CSS H.L. Hunley, to ever sink a enemy war ship. The Davids, 50 foot long, low riding torpedo boats were designed and built for the defense of Charleston Harbor.
A number of ironclads were built throughout the South. The CSS Tennessee was built in Selma, AL; the CSS Nuese was built in Kinston , N.C. The list goes on.
Some of the most famous ships of the Confederate Navy were the raiders. One of the most notorious was the CSS Alabama, captained by Admiral Raphael Semmes of Savannah which sunk 59 Union ships. His cousin, Brig. Gen Paul Jones Semmes was born in Wilkes County and lived on North Alexander Street in Washington. There was the CSS Shenandoah, under Captain James Waddell, which fought for two months after the War was over, not knowing of its conclusion. There was the CSS Tallahassee, commanded by Captain John Taylor Wood, who destroyed 26 Union ships wihtin 10 days. Captain Wood was in Washinton with Jefferson Davis in May, 1865.
The Confederate Navy developed the naval mines, called torpedos at the time. When Admiral Farragut was running the gauntlet past Fort Morgan, which protected the port of Mobile, AL, his lead ship, the ironclad USS Tecumseh , was blown out of the water by one of the Confederate "torpedos". 
Most of us know very little about the confederate Navy.  The story of "Mr. Mallory's Miracle" is amazing and is one that you will not want to miss.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Photo Book

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Georgia Cities Foundation Heart and Soul Tour


The Fitzpatrick Hotel would like to thank the members of the recent Heart and Soul Tour for taking time in their busy schedule to stop in Washington, Georgia, and spend a few moments at The Fitzpatrick Hotel.  Christy and I felt personally gratified due to personal friendships that have grown over many years with members of the tour.  The last time the tour stopped in Washington was during the original renovation of The Fitzpatrick Hotel and many members had never seen the finished product.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Heart and Soul Tour as well as the Georgia Cities Foundation, I would recommend visiting their website.  They are a wonderful organization dedicated to the preservation of historical properties in downtowns.  They promote historic preservation as a means of saving endangered properties as well as revitalization of  business and economic growth.  The tour consists of both private, government, and business leaders and lends support to many areas of Georgia.  The tour provides inspiration, hope, and a shared sense of concern for areas all over Georgia.

We have personally been on four of the Heart and Soul tours and would like to once again thank everyone involved with the preparation, planning, and attendance of the tours.  The personal sacrifice of your time and attention will always play well in our heart.

Mike Todd

Mike with Hal and Priscilla Carter during the Heart and Soul Tour 2008

Mike and Christy -- Heart and Soul Tour 2009

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dinner at Talk of the Town

A couple of weeks ago Mike and I finally had a chance to eat dinner at Talk of the Town.  Robert and Ed began serving dinner in the Fitzpatrick dining room about a month ago but it seemed that every time we tentatively made plans to go to dinner in Washington, something came up.

Well we had some long-time friends (from back in my college, pre-married with children days) who live in the Atlanta area that wanted to come to visit the hotel so it seemed like the perfect place to go to dinner with them.  Needless to say, we had a wonderful time.  The atmosphere was very relaxing and the food was fantastic -- I can truly say that I enjoyed every bite!  It was really a perfect evening. 


They serve dinner every Friday and Saturday night from 6-9pm on Friday and Saturday night.  More details available on their Facebook page

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love is still in the Air....

Love is still in the air at the Fitzpatrick so if you have not yet found the perfect Valentines gift, consider bringing your sweetheart to the Fitzpatrick this weekend, February 18-19. 

For this weekend only, we are offering one night in a beautiful room overlooking the square, a gift box from Southern Scratch*, and $40 towards meals at Talk of the Town for $150.00.  

*For their gift box, customers can choose between: 
 Pure Chocolate Love: Gable box filled with dark chocolate almond biscotti, double chocolate chip cookies, Holy Mole Chipotle brownies and mini chocolate croissants.

Wine & Cheese Please: Wine box filled with dark chocolate almond biscotti, Holy Mole Chipotle Brownies, Better Than's, toasted sea salt pecans, and chilled grapes. Perfect with a bottle of bubbly! $30/box

Please call or e-mail for reservations!

 


Monday, February 7, 2011

Special Valentines Dinner at Talk of the Town -- Friday, February 11

Talk of the Town (in the lower level of the hotel) has a scruptious Valentine's Dinner planned for Friday night, February 11.  They are doing two seatings at 6:00 and 7:30 and the dinner is by reservation only so call 706-678-7661 no later than 3:00pm on Thursday to reserve your spot.  The menu is detailed below and the cost is $29.95 per person. 

Appetizer: Shrimp Cocktail Soup: Butternut Squash
Salad: House Salad or Balsamic Blue Cheese Salad
Entrées:
*8 oz. Fillet with Fresh Vegetable Medley and Au Gratin Potatoes
*Cornish Hen, Pan Seared in White Wine, Served
with Herbed Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Vegetable Medley
*Bacon-Wrapped Salmon Pan Seared with Balsamic Reduction,
Served with Fresh Vegetable Medley and Au Gratin Potatoes
Dessert: Crème Brule or Chocolate Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Includes tea, soda, water and coffee

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Remembering the Past; Setting Direction for the Future -- Part 2

Today's blog post was written by Mike Todd.

During my readings on the battle of Kettle Creek, I came across a wonderful story of respect and honor:

Colonel Andrew Pickens
After the action had ended, Colonel Pickens of the American forces went to Colonel Boyd of the Loyalist forces to tend to his needs as Colonel Boyd had received a mortal wound during the battle.  Colonel Boyd thanked him for his civilities.  They discussed the battle and Colonel Boyd concluded by saying that he only had a few hours to live and requested that Colonel Pickens leave him with two men to furnish him with water and bury him after he died.  Colonel Boyd also asked Colonel Pickens to inform his wife as to his fate and send her his personal effects.  Colonel Boyd died that night and Colonel Pickens faithfully complied with his wishes. 

So many times in today's world, we lose sight of the human side of people with opposing views.  When prevailing over others with different views, I would hope that we would be able to "cross the aisle" and invoke a spirit of humanity and humility to offer assistance and respect.  As a country we have done this many times in the past and this is one of the many things that will continue to make us great in the future.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Remembering the Past; Setting Direction for the Future

Today's Blog post was written by Mike Todd:

We at the Fitzpatrick Hotel would like to take some time to highlight an upcoming event in February -- the anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek.  The battle was fought on February 14, 1779, in Wilkes County, Georgia, outside of Washington. 

Six Hundred Loyalists led by Colonel James Boyd were encamped atop a hill in a bend of Kettle Creek when they were attacked by 340 South Carolina and Georgia Militiamen.  Colonel Andrew Pickens of South Carolina led his 200 men in a direct assault on the hill while Colonel John Dooly and Lieutenant Colonel Elijah Clarke of Georgia attacked the camp across the creek on the left and right, respectively.  Boyd was mortally wounded during the attack and the Loyalists panicked and were driven across the creek.  Approximately 270 Loyalists escaped the battle of Kettle Creek.  


Two hundred and thirty-two years later, it is humbling to think of these individuals and the risk they took.  As we face 2011, we see a tremendous economic and political struggle playing out in this country.  A struggle in which so many do not fight for this great country, but for personal gain and individual wants. At this juncture in history it is only appropriate to pray that we can lay down personal agendas and find the willingness of self sacrifice that is needed to win all great battles. 

Over the next few weeks we will continue to highlight this great event in history with an eye toward the future. 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcoming 2011


2010 is now history.  It was eventful for us in a number of ways -- the most significant of which was our taking the hotel operations back over.  Although this event did not happen by our choice, it has been great being involved with the Fitzpatrick and Washington again. 

I am looking foward to 2011 and excited about what it might bring.  There are many initiatives that we are working on such as marketing the hotel to retreat groups, planning a bike ride in May 2011, and possibly hosting our own marriage conference.  We are also continuing to work on refurbishing the rooms The new year has so many possibilities!

Happy new year and welcome 2011!