Fast Facts

The town of Bogart is…

The town of Bogart is actually located in two counties – both Oconee and Athens-Clarke. Originally known as “Osceola,” the community was named for the famed Seminole Indian Chief. Seaboard railroad ran lines through Osceola in 1880, but already had a stop on its route by the same name. The name of the town was changed to Bogart, the name of the rail-road’s President at the time. Bogart’s official incorporation came in 1905.

The William Daniell House is…

The William Daniell House is supposedly the oldest surviving structure in Oconee County. It is believed to have been constructed in 1790 for his wife Mary (Polly) Melton. William Daniell served in the Revolutionary War under the command of General Elijah Clarke and served in the Battles of Kettle Creek and King’s Mountain, among others. In 1999, this house was restored by Ray Goff and Stephanie Goff. Presently, the home is owned and maintained by Oconee County.

The town of Bishop was…

The town of Bishop was officially chartered as a town in 1890. In the early 1900s, it was a bustling town with a depot, post office, several stores, a bank, cotton gins, hotels, and other businesses. During the depression years, the town fielded an amateur baseball team made up of the town’s male residents, which provided much entertainment for the community’s residents.

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation was…

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation was established upon the death of Jeannette Rankin on 1973. Seed money for the foundation was dedicated by Jeannette Rankin, the first female elected to Congress. Rankin, a Republican from Montana, served two terms in the House of Representatives beginning in 1916. She became a Founding Vice-President of the ACLU, which was formed in 1920. Elected again to the House of Representatives in 1940, Rankin became known as being the only member of Congress to vote against the US entering World War II.

Oconee County (Watkinsville) was one of…

Oconee County (Watkinsville) was one of the locations considered as the location for the University of Georgia, but was not selected to house this institution of higher learning. Legend has it that the presence of establishments serving alcoholic beverages created an atmosphere that the university’s founding fathers deemed inappropriate for learning. At this time, neighboring Athens was a “dry” community. Stories are told that early students at the University of Georgia were caught returning to campus on horseback after enjoying an evening in Watkinsville.

Southern Baptist foreign missionary…

Southern Baptist foreign missionary Lottie Moon lived a portion of her life in Oconee County. Moon was born on December 12, 1840 and died on December 24, 1912 while returning from a stint on the mission field. She served as a Southern Baptist missionary to China through the Foreign Mission Board for much of her adult life. As a teacher and evangelist, her efforts were instrumental in laying the foundation for the continued support for missions among Baptists in America.

During the summer of 2009…

During the summer of 2009, the City of Watkinsville and OCAF erected Art Boards around the downtown area. Ten local artists created various works that were displayed in the community. These boards were replaced in 2010 with 10 new art pieces dotting the Watkinsville landscape. The art boards were strategically located to create a walking art tour throughout the community, linking various points of interest along the way. The Watkinsville Trade & Tourism Association also coordinated a tour around the downtown area by bus for those not able to take the self-guided walking tour.

Jerry & Kathy Chappelle…

Jerry & Kathy Chappelle now occupy the historic Haygood House in downtown Watkinsville, the birthplace of Atticus and Laura Askew Haygood. Atticus Haygood was a president of Emory College from 1876-1882 and also a bishop in the Methodist Church. Laura became the principal of a girls’ school in Atlanta, GA as well as one of the first missionaries in China. She was actually buried in Shanghai. Today, the Chappelle Gallery houses the work of over 125 contemporary artists with both local and national artists represented. The gallery specializes in pottery and glass, but carries additional works.