Coweta County’s Greenway System is conceived of as a network of multi-purpose trails aligned with County road right-of-way so that recreational cyclists and hikers can experience Coweta from all compass points. Trailheads, sprinkled throughout the system, offer parking and in some cases, day-use restrooms and picnic areas. Most trailheads are located at publicly owned property that has been or will be developed for public use. The project, currently in its formative stages, depends upon the donation of greenway right-of-way along designated corridors or assistance from state and federal grants to aid implementation.
Battle of Brown's Mill
The Battle of Brown’s Mill was a Civil War cavalry battle that occurred in Coweta County on July 30, 1864. In 1908, the Newnan Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy placed a monument at the site as a memorial to General Joseph Wheeler, CSA, and to mark where the battle began. In 2001, Coweta County purchased 105 acres of the battlefield preserving the ambush site and areas where intense fighting occurred. Interpretive documents prepared for this property include The Cultural and Historical Interpretive Study prepared in 2004 by The Jaeger Company, and The Battle of Brown’s Mill Master Plan prepared in 2010 by MACTEC. Phase I of plan implementation was completed in July 2013, and included the construction of the first trailhead in the Coweta County Greenway Master Plan, 4,560 linear feet of walking trail, and signage relating the story of the Battle of Brown’s Mill. A battle animation and other materials are being developed for the Quick Response Code on each interpretive sign that can be scanned using a mobile device equipped with a QRC scanning application. The QRC platform is located at http://brownsmillbattlefield.org where links to various media provide additional information about the battle, the men who fought and died in the battle, and the significance of the Battle of Brown’s Mill within the context of America’s Civil War. Phase II implementation of the master plan will take place as funding is available. Completion of Phase I was made possible with funding support from the Georgia Transportation Enhancement Program, the Georgia Recreational Trails Program, contributions from private citizens, the Coweta-Fayette EMC, and the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association.
Coweta County Greenspace Program
The Coweta County Greenspace Program was established in 2000 with funding from the Georgia Community Greenspace Program. In 2004, the Georgia General Assembly did not re-authorize the Georgia Community Greenspace Program. However, funds that were allocated to Coweta County during the life of the program were used to purchase 104.532 acres of the site of the Battle of Brown’s Mill and 18.68 acres around historic Pearl Spring that included a donation of 7.18 acres. Community greenspace is acquired as funding is available and when feasible donations are offered.