County & State Resources

State Government Resources

Georgia History

Seal of the State of Georgia, Established 1799

State of Georgia, 1799

Georgia has a rich and sweeping history that spans almost three centuries and many important events. From military conflicts to flourishing economic times, Georgia has always been a state that knows how to bounce back and make the most out of the circumstances it meets.

Settled in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, Georgia was the last of the original 13 colonies to be formed. Originally intended to be a debtors’ colony, Georgia’s true purpose was to be a military buffer zone for the rest of the colonies from the Spanish in Florida. It officially became a state in 1788.

Useful Links

Below are some useful links to various agencies within the Georgia state government.

Oconee County Resources

Oconee County History

Oconee County, Georgia, Established 1875

Oconee County, 1875

Oconee County was created from the southwestern part of Clarke County in 1875 by the Georgia General Assembly. The new county was created to satisfy southwestern Clarke County residents’ demand for their own county after the county seat was moved from Watkinsville to Athens by the General Assembly in 1872. It is named for the river flowing along part of its eastern border.

The county was ranked as the third-best rural county to live in by Progressive Farmer magazine in 2006.

Useful Links

Below are some useful links to various organizations within the Oconee County government.