Watkinsville, GA Real Estate - Oconee County

Welcome to Oconee County, Georgia’s most suitable place to call home. In this business and family-friendly environment, Oconee County is small enough to know your neighbor, but large enough for businesses of all types to thrive.

Nationally acclaimed as one of the 5 best cities for retirement and the proximity to the University of Georgia puts Oconee County in the ideal place for living and working.

Oconee County schools are second to none, offering the best in public and private education. Both of the County High Schools were voted in the top 6% of high schools nationwide. The county’s parks and recreation department boasts over 600 acres of land totally devoted to life outside the workplace.

The county seat...Watkinsville, Georgia...named for Augusta attorney Robert Watkins, was established in 1801 as the county seat of Clarke County until Athens garnered that distinction in 1871. Outraged citizens of Watkinsville demanded a county of their own and a portion of Jackson County ceded by the Cherokee nation to the State of Georgia became Oconee County in 1875. The community initially was called "Big Springs".

Watkinsville enjoyed growth in the early days due to its location along a main stagecoach route from Athens to Milledgeville, Georgia's first capital. The Central of Georgia Railroad ran through town and Tanyard Branch tannery, the main employer in town, produced leather from cowhide.

Other towns and municipalities contained within Oconee County's borders are North High Shoals, Bogart, Bishop and Farmington. Generations have enjoyed North High Shoals for its beaches, swimming, tubing and white water rapids. North High Shoals is located on the Apalachee River in western Oconee County.

According to the 2010 Census, there were 32,808 residents in Oconee County. The population percentage change from 2000 to 2010 increased 25.1%.

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