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Art, History, and More
Eagle Tavern Museum, Circa 1801
The Eagle Tavern is one of the earliest surviving structures in Oconee County. The Eagle Tavern was built circa 1801 when Watkinsville was a frontier town on the edge of Creek Indian Territories.
Tours of the Eagle Tavern Museum are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stop by the Welcome Center (across the street) to meet your tour guide. Call 706-769-5197 to schedule a private tour. There is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated. Address: 26 North Main Street, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Elder Mill Covered Bridge
Built in 1897, Elder Mill Covered Bridge is one of only 13 functional covered bridges left in the state of Georgia. Drive through the beautiful bridge overlooking Rose Creek. You can pull over and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful Rose Creek. It’s a fantastic photo spot!
Farmington Depot Gallery
Located inside of an old train depot, the Farmington Depot Gallery is run by and made for local artists. The gallery features exhibits year round, with a new artist showcasing their photography, sculpting, or other talents every month or so. Art at the Farmington Depot can be viewed every Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Address: 1001 Salem Road, Farmington, Georgia
Happy Valley Pottery
Located in southern Oconee County, Happy Valley Pottery is both an attraction and a shopping excursion. The artist community houses a number of resident craft-makers who offer demonstrations in pottery making, Raku firing, glass blowing, and other techniques. In addition, items made at Happy Valley are then sold in on-site stores to any interested visitors. Call (706) 769-5922 before heading over to ensure that the artists will be there. Address: 1210 Carson Graves Rd., Watkinsville, GA 30677
The historic Haygood House in downtown Watkinsville served as the birthplace of Atticus and Laura Askew Haygood circa 1827. Atticus Haygood was a president of Emory College from 1876-1882 and also a bishop in the Methodist Church. His sister Laura became the principal of a girls’ school in Atlanta, GA, as well as one of the first missionaries in China. To learn more about the Haygood’s and their history, schedule a tour by contacting Jerry & Kathy Chappelle at (706) 310-0985.
Find Treasures in Local Antique Stores
Antique shops are scattered throughout the county with several in Bishop and Watkinsville. The antique shops range from classy to quaint and unique, and just about everything in between.
Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation
Open to the public (Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) is a non-profit organization and local art gallery that showcases a variety of local and surrounding arts all year long. Stop by the gallery to catch a tour or schedule a private group tour by visiting the OCAF website.
Come enjoy the farm fun life at Washington Farms with pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Or, ring in the autumn weather with that special handpicked pumpkin and get lost in their extensive corn maze. While you’re here, enjoy the many other farm fun games and activities during the seasonal harvests. For more information visit their website or call 706-769-0627.
Oconee County Farmers Market
Get your fix of locally grown/made products at the Oconee Farmers Market, located in downtown Watkinsville at the county courthouse (26 North Main Street). The market is open every Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., April through November. Can’t make a Saturday? The market is also available on Tuesday evenings between May 13 and September 30, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on the lawn of the First Christian Church (corner of Main Street and Simonton Bridge Road) in downtown Watkinsville.
Thomas Orchards: Nursery, Garden & Giftshop
Thomas Orchard is Oconee County’s premier Greenhouse – Gift Shop and Nursery Facility. They specialize in unique plants, outdoor art, pottery, fresh-picked peaches and more. Be sure to bring the kids! They always have plenty of their world famous homemade peach ice cream.
Classic City Clydesdales
Classic City Clydesdales offers tours by appointment. Lasting approximately 3 hours, the tour takes you through the property to visit Ossabaw Island Hogs, Highland Cows and Jacob Sheep as well as any pastured horses. There is also a small petting zoo for the little ones. Classic City Clydesdales can accommodate trail rides for couples and larger groups as horses come online. This is the only attraction of its kind in the South, where you can learn and get up close and personal with a larger than life Clydesdale horse! Visit their site and call for details/pricing.
Greenbriar Creek Christmas Tree Farm
Whether you’re in the market for a Christmas tree for the holidays or simply overdue for a family outing in the country, Greenbriar Creek Farms has you covered.
Simonton Bridge Daylily Farm
This spectacular display of daylilies is the best in all of Northeast Georgia! Open to the public during the bloom season for purchasing or simply admiring. Be sure to call ahead on the gardens availability.
Georgia Nature Center
This center is nestled among 100 acres of rolling hills, creeks, springs, meadows, fern grottos and hardwood forests known as the Indigo Preserve. Tours of the center feature our Clean Energy Exhibition with 3,000 watts of solar power, a wind turbine, and a 600-foot long geothermal air-cooling system.
Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens
Piccadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens is a wonderful place for the entire family to enjoy the beauty of nature in their extensive gardens featuring hellebores, camellias, natives, conifers and wildflowers. Picadilly Farm is opened to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Dogs are allowed on leash. You may also shop for plants grown locally from the gardens. For hours of operation and more information visit their website or call (706) 765-4444.
Georgia’s Antebellum Bike Trail
Explore the southern charm and beautiful scenic byways of the Antebellum Trail Bicycle Route, a 170-mile trek that winds through a collection of Georgia’s most beautiful antebellum towns.
Watkinsville’s First Fridays
Watkinsville’s First Fridays
First Friday on Main Street in downtown Watkinsville has become THE place to be on Friday nights. Held from April to December, and sponsored by the Watkinsville Trade and Tourism Association, it provides a family-friendly atmosphere with shopping, dining and kid’s entertainment. The “Kid’s Zone,” across the street from the courthouse, has themed activities in addition to a moonwalk (weather permitting) and free popcorn. See our schedule under the Events tab for dates and times.
Golfing & Driving Ranges
The Lane Creek Golf Club in Bishop, Oconee County.
Parks & Recreation
The newly renovated veterans monument at Oconee Veterans Memorial Park.
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Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
With your GPS device in hand, Go to Geocaching.com enter the area code ‘30677’ in the appropriate search tab on the homepage. Once on the location page, find a cache or “item” that interests you and begin your search. It’s that easy! Now you are ready to join the world’s largest treasure hunt. Good hunting everyone!
Surrounding Area Attractions
The famous historic downtown of Athens, GA is less than 10 miles from Oconee County.
Georgia Museum of Art
The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia
Historic Scull Shoals Mill Village