Oglethorpe County

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Oglethorpe County is named for James Oglethorpe, who was the founder of Georgia.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Madison County and Elbert County

E – Wilkes County

S – Taliaferro County and Greene County

W – Ocenee County and Clarke County


Created:  December 19, 1793                Map of Georgia highlighting Oglethorpe County

County Seat: 

Lexington  1793 – present


County Courthouse – Lexington 


Location:  111 Main Street / Gilmer Street

Built:  1886 – 1887

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Lorenzo G Wheeler, William H Parkins and Hannibal I Kimball

Contractor:  W W McAfee and R Bondurant


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lexington. The north front has a high central clock tower with recessed entrance on the first story, large recessed window on the second story with balcony, open belfry on the fourth story and clock and steep roof at the top. On either side of the tower are large stone arches. On the second story are double arched windows. The northwest and northeast corners have square brick towers with steep roofs. On the west side is a round tower with conical roof. On the east side is a large stone arch. The roof is hipped. The building was remodeled in 1992 to 1993.


History:  The first courthouse in 1793 was a building located near Lexington. In 1806, the county seat was moved from Philomath to Lexington. The second and present courthouse was built in 1886 to 1887.




County Courthouse – Lexington































Photos taken 2013