On Elberton Road (Georgia Route 77) at Saxon Mattox Road, on the right when traveling north on Elberton Road.
George Mathews born in Va. in 1739, of Irish descent, lived in this area then known as “Goose Pond” from 1785. His home since burned. He won distinction fighting Indians in the N.W. Ter. and in 1775 became a Col. serving under Washington . . . — — Map (db m37157) HM
On Watson Mill Road at Whitsel Hollow Road, on the left when traveling west on Watson Mill Road.
Built by W.W. King in 1885, Watson Mill Bridge is Georgia’s longest existing covered bridge. Of the Town lattice type it has four spans and is 236 feet long.
Covered primarily to protect the structural timbers, the bridge served local traffic, . . . — — Map (db m47310) HM
On Cloud's Creek Road at Bowen Farm Road when traveling west on Cloud's Creek Road.
In 1785, following the Revolutionary War, pioneers from North Carolina--including the Hendons, Hartsfields, Standifers, Johnsons, Lawrences, and Olives--settled near Big Cloud's Creek on the Georgia frontier near the Creek and Cherokee nations. . . . — — Map (db m26262) HM
On Athens Road (State Highway 10) at W.H. Crawford Road, on the right when traveling west on Athens Road.
William Harris Crawford, teacher, lawyer, duelist & statesman, was born in Va. Feb. 24, 1772, son of a poor farmer. Moving to Ga., at 14 he studied, taught & was admitted to the bar in 1799. He killed P.L. Van Alen, was severely wounded by Gov. . . . — — Map (db m25996) HM
On Church Street at Meson Street, on the left when traveling east on Church Street.
Beth-Salem Presbyterian Church was organized on December 20, 1785, in the wilderness about three miles West of this site, under the leadership of Mr. John Newton, then a licentiate. It was the first of a chain of Presbyterian churches established in . . . — — Map (db m26059) HM
On West Main Street (State Highway 22), on the right when traveling north.
Oglethorpe, the fifth county created in Georgia, Dec. 19, 1793 was named for James Edward Oglethorpe, founder and first governor of Georgia.
Born in London, Dec. 22, 1696, Oglethorpe started his early life in Godalming, England. He was a . . . — — Map (db m78233) HM
On Main Street (U.S. 78) at Gilmer Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street.
George Rockingham Gilmer, of Scotch descent, was born in 1790 in that part of Wilkes Co. that is now Oglethorpe Co. Soon after admittance to the bar in 1813 he was appointed 1st Lt. in the regular army and served with distinction in the Creek . . . — — Map (db m26043) HM
On Main Street (U.S. 78) east of Shaking Rock Road, on the right when traveling east.
Completed in 1879, Oglethorpe County's jail reflects the intention of local leaders to deliver a striking public building. Its elegant design reflects the popularity of the Italianate style at the time, with such architectural details as arched . . . — — Map (db m197822) HM
On Church Street at Academy Street, on the right when traveling east on Church Street.
and liberally endowed by
the 8th of September, 1806.
1806 ---- 1897.
Dr. W. Z. Faust,
Sect. & Treas. . . . — — Map (db m111725) HM
On Church Street, 0 miles west of Academy Street, on the right when traveling east.
Francis Meson (1761-1806), an Irishman and “wandering schoolteacher,” became a rich merchant in Lexington. He bequeathed $8,000.00 for an academy building and valuable property for an endowment, “the income to be used forever for . . . — — Map (db m26060) HM
On Main Street (U.S. 78) at Platt Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street.
This County created by Act of the Legislature Dec. 19, 1793, is named for Gen. James E. Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia. Born in London, England, Dec. 22, 1696, Oglethorpe left England in Nov. 1732 with 116 settlers and arrived at Yamacraw in Jan. . . . — — Map (db m26058) HM
On Church Street at Meson Street, on the right when traveling east on Church Street.
The Columbia Theological Seminary began here in 1828 when Rev. Thomas Goulding led the effort of the Presbyterian Synod of South Carolina and Georgia to establish a theological seminary. Goulding and the original five students began their studies in . . . — — Map (db m197819) HM
On Crawfordville Road (Georgia Route 22) 0.1 miles east of Philomath Woodville Road, on the left when traveling east.
This ancient Church has served under four names and in four counties. Liberty Presbyterian Church was organized by the Rev. Daniel Thatcher, about 1788. The original place of worship, a log house, was erected near War Hill, about seven miles from . . . — — Map (db m21578) HM
Near Chandler Silver Road (County Route 311) at Smithonia Road.
Built in 1904-05 to replace an earlier structure, this bridge bears the name of a pioneer family who settled near Big Cloud’s Creek in the late 1700s. Constructed in the Town lattice design using convict labor, the 164-foot bridge’s web of planks . . . — — Map (db m8989) HM
On Union Point Road (Georgia Route 77), on the right when traveling south.
Guy R. Brightwell, a former resident of Maxeys and this home, bequeathed his large estate to this corporation in memory of his father, Augustine Thomas Brightwell and is used for the education of the students of this locality. — — Map (db m197817) HM