Uncover our culture
Discover the history of beautiful Greene County. Lake Oconee boasts a rich Native American history, plus many historical buildings, museums, and more. Explore the beautiful lake country and drink in the culture and history that makes Lake Oconee so unique. Learn about Lake Oconee's rich history through a bountiful amount of interesting, educational opportunities!
Much of the rich history of Lake Oconee lies hidden in the lake itself-- Native American treasures and mysteries lay beneath the surface of the lake, relics from a time when Lake Oconee was the Oconee Valley, when Native American settlements dotted the land. Artifacts from more than 12,000 years ago to 100 years ago have been found during excavations and diving trips. Several museums in the area house collections of these artifacts, rescued from the depths of the lake and displayed to honor the culture of the families who once lived there.
Fascinating historical buildings still stand in the middle of modern Greensboro: the Old Gaol has existed since 1807 and is believed to be the oldest jail in the state. The remains of Scull Shoals village and Fort Clark can be toured, sending you back in time to 1782.
If you’re driving down to visit, keep an eye out for the Iron Horse, a sculpture erected on the UGA campus that was moved to the middle of a cornfield by an agriculture professor in 1954. This 2,000lb sculpture has greeted visitors for years as it watches over Highway 15 North and the surrounding fields.
Several museums in the area are open to the public, including the Lake Country Discovery Museum, Greene County Historical Museum, L. L. Wyatt Museum, Greene County African American Museum, Union Point Museum, and E.H. Armor Museum. Here you can view artifacts, photographs, and manuscripts; relics from years past.
One of the oldest and most beautiful parts of Greensboro is the Greensboro City Cemetery. The earliest grave is that of a Revolutionary War soldier, Jonas Fauche.
Lake Oconee is rich with history; the historic homes and forgotten inns are treasures of Americana. These landmarks, plantations and museums chronicle the history of the South, both the good and the bad, as they reflect the history of the state of Georgia. It is our hope that as you explore Lake Oconee and Greensboro that you will come to a better understanding of our history and culture. There are many treasures and many mysteries of Lake Oconee history waiting to be discovered, deep in the heart of lake country.