Eagle Tavern
County:Oconee
City:Watkinsville
Type:Welcome Center, Fort
Eagle Tavern, early fort on Georgia's frontier, later a wayside tavern and innVisitors to Watkinsville who are looking for information will get a little more than they bargained for when they stop by Eagle Tavern opposite the Oconee County Courthouse near the center of town. This inn/tavern/stagecoach stop has been restored to look the way a frontier tavern might have looked in early 19th century Georgia. However, it is currently believed that the inn may have been a fort during the 1700's. Upon entering we were greeted by a woman in period dress.

Eagle Tavern, CrawfordvilleShe explained that the tavern in its present form had been built in 1820 along a stagecoach route that carried students north to the University of Georgia. The tavern was a popular stop with the students, and gained somewhat of a reputation.

It is possible that a blockhouse occupied the site prior to 1750, making this the furthest west any settlers had pushed from any of the 13 colonies, however, the staff believes that the fort prior to the tavern was perhaps built in 1789. Whatever the date of construction, Eagle Tavern was the first building west of the Oconee River in Georgia. An intermediate building probably existed on the site, incorporating at least part of the old fort.

When the tavern opened in 1820, Watkinsville was the seat of government for Clarke County. The building was spared the torch on Sherman's March to the Sea.

In 1956 the owner deeded the property to the state.

Location: Main St. (old U. S. 441), Watkinsville, GA
Directions: Take I-85 to Highway 316. Travel west on Highway 316 to GA Highway 53 (also known as Hog Mountain Rd.) 53 turns right (as Experiment Station Rd.) and continues to downtown Watkinsville. Highway 53 merges with U. S. 441 in downtown. After the merge, Eagle Tavern is on the left.

From I-20 take 441 North. At Watkinsville, take Business 441 into downtown. Eagle Tavern is on the right.
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Cost:Free
Additional information on Georgia Forts
Date added: November 16, 2003
Last update: March 12, 2004


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