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Oconee County

Oconee County is named for the Oconee River which means “people place” or “nation of the skunk” in the Creek Native American language.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Barrow County 

E – Clarke County and Oglethorpe County

S – Greene County

W – Morgan County and Walton County

 

Created:  February 25, 1875                  Map of Georgia highlighting Oconee County

County Seat: 

Watkinsville  1875 – present

 

County Courthouse – Watkinsville 

 

Location:  23 North Main Street / School Street

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Stripped Classical

Architect:  William J J Chase

Contractor:  Knox Brothers Lumber Company

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Watkinsville. On the southwest side the first story is at ground level. The northeast front has a slightly projecting concrete center section with recessed entrance on the second story and three large windows on the third story. The east and west sections are recessed. A narrow horizontal band runs between the floors. The roof line is flat. In the interior there is a cross hallway plan. The large County Superior Court courtroom is located on the southeast side of the second story. The courtroom has a high ceiling and large windows. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and County Magistrate Court of the 10th Judicial District. The architect was William J J Chase and contractor was Knox Brothers Lumber Company. An addition was constructed in 1998 extending the building southwards. The architect was Brittain Thompson Bray Brown Inc. and the contractor was Salloun Construction Company, Inc.

 

See:  The architect, William J J Chase also designed courthouses in Carroll CountyCoffee County, Cook CountyMitchell CountyPolk CountyRockdale CountySeminole CountyTroup County and Ware County.

 

See:  The 10th Judicial District includes Banks CountyBarrow County, Burke CountyClarke CountyColumbia CountyElbert CountyFranklin CountyGlascock CountyHart CountyJackson CountyLincoln CountyMadison CountyMcDuffie CountyNewton CountyOglethorpe CountyRichmond CountyTaliaferro CountyWalton CountyWarren County and Wilkes County.

 

History:  In 1802, Watkinsville was selected as the county seat for Clarke Count and the first courthouse was built in 1806 and the second built in 1849. The county was created in 1875 and Watkinsville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse in 1875 was the second Clarke County courthouse built in 1849. The second courthouse was built in 1875. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 to 1939.

 

 

County Courthouse – Watkinsville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2013 and 2024