Have you ever wondered what there is to see in Oconee County that is only unique to our area? In the visitors center we get that question often and always provide information based on what the visitor’s preferences are. Some visitors come to Oconee County to see historical sites, others are interested in art & shopping, and last but not least are the outdoor enthusiast. Whatever your preference is, we have something for everyone. Check out what we like to call our Seven Wonders.
Did you know Watkinsville was considered as a location for the University of Georgia to be built? Allegedly, the controversy concerning alcohol during the 1800s threw away those chances as Athens became the home of the Dawgs. Explore the ins and outs of the tavern and learn more about its influence and history that dates back more than 200 years ago. Located in Downtown Watkinsville, tours begin across the street at the Oconee County Welcome Center.
Home to one of only 13 functional covered bridges left in Georgia. The Elder Mill Covered Bridge was built in 1897 and sits above the peaceful and beautiful Rose Creek. This bridge has been on many visitors’ bucket lists resulting in awesome pictures, is it on yours?
The history of Ashford Manor dates back to the mid-1800s, when William and Louisa Booth Ashford raised their family on this property. The original house is no longer standing; in 1893, Louisa and William’s son, Alexander Woodson Ashford, known as A.W., built the grand Victorian that serves as the main house for Ashford Manor B&B today. We invite you to see Ashford Manor for yourself and experience firsthand one of the treasures of the South!
Bishop has become quite the destination for antique stores. With over more than 10,000 square feet of space, the seven antique shops occupy four-miles between Watkinsville and Bishop. Take a drive to visit these unique shops filled with one-of-a-kinds ranging from antique furniture, collectables & refurbished finds.
A tour of the Clydesdale farm lets you explore the ins and outs of caring for the extraordinary creature. This is your chance to get inside the stalls and pastures, and stand side-by-side with the horses while your tour guide takes you through their day-to-day. You will also learn about their background and breeding methods. Tour times are Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Not only will you see Clydesdales at the farm, but you can also find exotic animals like Highland cattle and Ossabaw pigs. Their petting zoo includes goats, alpacas, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and donkeys. The petting zoo is a great activity for families!
You can even ride a clydesdale! By appointment only, schedule a horseback ride along the 6-mile trail. The trail passes along the river and also provides a view of the farm’s pond. The guided tour lasts approximately one hour.
Once a vocational school, the building now serves as a living museum organized by the Bogart Historical Society. This agricultural museum preserves the agricultural history of the city of Bogart while walking you through the life of farmers & their families who worked the land.
Oconee Joe offers guided trips daily & multi-night excursions on the Oconee River. All sections of the upper Oconee River Watershed are available for guided ecology/historic tours with 70 miles of waterway to choose from. Book your expedition today by calling 706.614.8928