Watkinsville Historic Heartland

Affectionately known as the Artland of Georgia, immerse yourself in the artist experience with astonishing art demonstrations hosted in artists’ studios at Happy Valley Pottery, intricate collections of artwork at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, and art classes in the lush gardens of the Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast.
  • Downtown Watkinsville, Ga.

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  • Shopping in downtown Watkinsville, Ga.

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  • Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation - Art Gallery

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  • Chappelle Gallery

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  • Lane Creek Golf Course

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  • Thomas Orchard

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  • Discover your creative side with daily art classes

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  • The Eagle Tavern Museum. Circa 1801.

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  • Ashford on Main

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  • Farmington Depot Gallery - Folk Art

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  • Elder Mill Covered Bridge. Circa 1889

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  • Elder Mill, Circa 1889

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  • Oconee County's SpingHill Suites Marriott.

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  • Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast

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  • Washington Farms - You Pick Farms

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Watkinsville, known as the Artland of Georgia, is the county seat of Oconee located approximately 8 miles south of Athens and 60 miles east of Atlanta.

Watkinsville was named the Artland of Georgia for having more artists per capita than any other city in the state. Supported by numerous artists, art galleries, museums, and events, you can experience the ultimate art experience in Watkinsville by shopping galleries, viewing exhibits, touring studios, witnessing demonstrations, and creating art. The largest pottery show in the state, and arguably the Southeast, is hosted in Watkinsville annually. Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational displays and sells thousands of pottery pieces, and hosts gallery talks, pottery demonstrations, and workshops throughout the three-week event.

Art isn't all that we have to offer. Located on Georgia's Antebellum Trail, Watkinsville is home to the 1801 Eagle Tavern and the Elder Mill Covered Bridge, one of the few functional covered bridges in Georgia.

Visitor Information Center

21 N. Main Street
Watkinsville, GA 30677

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Phone: 706-769-5197

Watkinsville Trip Ideas & Inspiration

The dining information on this page is supplied by the Georgia Restaurant Association.