Kiwanians get update on battlefield park
By MARIANNE THOMASSON
If you’re over 50, you may not know what a Quick Response Code (QRC) is, but there will be seven at the Brown’s Mill Battlefield south of Newnan when it’s all done.
Carolyn Turner, president of the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association, addressed the Newnan Kiwanis Club at its weekly luncheon at the Newnan Country Club.
“Brown’s Mill Battle was on July 30, 1864, as part of the Atlanta campaign,” Turner said of the Civil War battle.
“It’s about three miles out of town. When you get to Haynes junkyard, you’re at the battlefield,” Turner said of the location of the battle.
In January there was a controlled burn which made a monument visible. Although it resembles a gravesite, it isn’t, Turner said. It was placed there in 1908 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
“The original roadbed will be fashioned into a walking trail that will run about 2,000 feet,” she told Kiwanians.
Over the years, artifacts have washed up, but with the junkyard so close, it’s hard to tell which are old and which are older.
“The junkyard has actually been good for the battleground,” Turner said.
“Who wants to live next to a junkyard?”
Consequently, surrounding property has not been developed.
The park consumes 150 acres and the main entrance is on Millard Farmer Road.