Lexington, GA Real Estate - Oglethorpe County

Oglethorpe County, established in 1793, is one of the oldest established areas in NE Georgia. It was named for General James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of the colony 60 years earlier.

Oglethorpe County is a rural county settled in the mid 1700’s.There are three National Register Historic Districts, several individual National Historic properties, a significant number of historic buildings, two unique covered bridges and sites in the county representing architecture and history from the late 18th through 20th centuries.

The Great Buffalo Lick described in William Bartram’s journal, “Travels” (pub 1791) and a portion of the historic Bartram’s Trail are located in Philomath in the southeast corner of the county.

The Smithonia National Register District includes a portion of the James Monroe Smith plantation known as “Smithonia.” It was an empire that covered over 20,000 acres with more than 3,000 workers. It had two railroads, hotel, mills, factories, streetlights and stores.

The Watson Mill Covered Bridge (longest covered bridge in Georgia, ca. 1857) and the Howard’s or Cloud’s Creek Covered Bridge (longest single span, ca. 1904) are two of only a dozen such bridges in Georgia. They and the granite Old Crawford Depot (ca. 1848) represent historic resources that are fast disappearing in this country.

Oglethorpe County consists of 4 municipalities with Lexington being the county seat. The other communities are Arnoldsville, Crawford and Maxeys.

As of the census of 2010, there were 14,899 residents.

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