The historic community of Oconee County has undergone quite a few transformations while maintaining some of its historic beauty. Take a glimpse of what six historic sites in Oconee County looked like in the past:

 

 

Left photo courtesy of Oconee Historical Society on Facebook.

The Eagle Tavern Museum formerly served as a 16-room stagecoach stop for travelers in the mid-1800s. The building, which was built circa 1801, now serves as a house museum in its original Plain-style structure. The right picture shows the Eagle Tavern in the mid-1900s before the building’s restoration. Today, you can visit the Tavern and stand on its original flooring which is more than 200-years-old!

 

 

Left photo courtesy of Oconee Historical Society on Facebook.

The Oconee County Courthouse has always sat directly across from the Eagle Tavern in some form along Main Street in Downtown Watkinsville. The county has had four courthouses since its founding in 1875. The structure to the left was built in 1887; the current structure was built in 1939.

 

 

Left photo courtesy of Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast.

Also located along Main Street in Watkinsville is the Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast. The manor was the home of William and Louisa Booth Ashford and their family in the mid-1800s. However, the original home is no longer standing. The now standing Ashford Manor was built in 1893 by the couple’s son, A.W. Ashford. The picture to the left was taken in the 1920s. The Victorian-style manor now serves as a bed and breakfast surrounded by beautiful gardens.

 

 

The history of Downtown Watkinsville continues to live on along Main Street. Pictured to the left is the Ashford Store. Built before 1900, this building is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Watkinsville. The building now houses Orchard Street Boutique and neighbors Spectrum Metals and Main Street Barbershop.

 

 

 

 

The left photo is the two-story Oconee County schoolhouse built circa 1902. Additions were made to the schoolhouse in the early 1910s, and again in the early 1920s. In 1954, majority of the building burned. Now remaining are the later additions to the schoolhouse and a nearby gymnasium. Still on their original sites, both buildings now sit on the campus of the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) as the 1902 OCAF Center and Rocket Hall, which host local, regional, and national art exhibitions throughout the year.

 

To the left is Main Street in Bishop, GA circa 1918. Downtown Bishop is located along Highway 441, connecting Watkinsville and Madison. Once a post office, the building shown is now home to one of the many antique stores in Bishop, Tracks of Time Antiques.

 

 

To the left is Main Street in Bogart at the turn of the 20th century. The street runs parallel to the railroad, where a few structures in the shown area still stand today occupied by small businesses.

 

Be sure to visit these sites during your trip to Oconee County. For more information or assistance with planning your trip, contact us.

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Need plans for Valentine’s Day? Start planning your trip to the Artland of Georgia for a romantic getaway. From luxury lodging, fine dining, and fascinating art excursions, Watkinsville is the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway for you and your partner.

A Luxury Stay

A cozy and secluded Ashford Manor dressed in snow.

Located in the heart of Downtown Watkinsville, the Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast is the perfect combination of seclusion and accessibility. The Ashford Manor sits behind a privacy wall on four acres of land along Main Street. You and your partner can spend a relaxing time on the property that includes the 1893 Victorian-style manor, a cottage, gardens, and open woods. The Ashford Manor is also walking distance to the open greenspace of Watkinsville Woods and a variety of dining options and specialty shops.

Explore the Artland

 

Spectators interact with art pieces featured in the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s Resonance: A Bi-Sensory Art Exhibition.

Just a short walk from the Ashford Manor, Ground Up Glassworks will host a Valentine’s Day Glassblowing Date Night during Valentine’s Day Weekend on Friday and Saturday, February 9 and 10, and on Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14. Enjoy a romantic and creative experience with your partner as you create glass art led by local artists.

Also in Downtown Watkinsville, enjoy an interactive art exhibition at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s bi-sensory exhibit, Resonance. The art show brings a new and unique experience to the Artland of Georgia as it pairs art with sound! Bring your smartphones and earbuds to enjoy this fascinating exhibit. For more art experiences, click here.

Wine & Dine

 

A fine dining experience at Chops Hops.

Also walking distance from the Ashford Manor is a dozen restaurants. Enjoy a late, romantic dinner at Pour Restaurant & Bar, Chops & Hops, or Girasoles. Pair the restaurants’ extensive selections of beer and wine with dishes like Chops & Hops’ Brasstown Beef Steak and Pour Restaurant & Bar’s Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. At Girasoles, choose from a variety of Mediterranean dishes or order off-menu courtesy of Chef Jose!

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