2014 Characters

These characters are a small representation of the many notable individuals who lived in Oglethorpe County and helped form our nation’s history.  We encourage you to visit again, and often, to learn more about Oglethorpe County.  You can learn more in-depth details about the characters and the county’s history at our historical information tent either before or after the presentation.

Pearl Aycock (1912 – 1977) by Scott Lewis

Builder of the Wire Bridge over the Oconee River. Known as the “Sage of the Oconee”.

Dr. and Mrs. Lindsey Durham (Early 1800’s – 1859) by Mike Healy and Jaime Lewis

Established a Sanitarium near Greene County. Created remarkable herbal medicines that attracted many patients. One of the areas wealthiest landowners. Father of 12 children.

Mrs. Ester Caldwell Finley (1772 – 1844) by Erin Williams and Sara Cross

Principal of Wallis’s School for Girls at Cherokee Corner. Wife of The Rev. Dr. Robert Finley who was President of Franklin College in 1817.

Washington W. King (1843 – 1910) by Gregory Roseboro

Builder of the Bridge at Watson Mill over the Broad River in 1885. Watson Mill Bridge is supported by a town lattice truss system held firmly together with wooden pins. Son of freed Slave and famous bridge builder Horace King.

Joseph Henry Lumpkin (1799 – 1867) by Brian Lance

Georgia Supreme Court justice from 1846-1867. Known for the quality of his legal opinions and judicial reasoning. UGA trustee and law school professor.

Governor George Mathews (1739 – 1812) by Carlos Rodriguez-Feo

Georgia’s 20th governor and also served as a US congressman. Continental Army officer during the American Revolution. Brought settlers from Virginia to Georgia.

Thomas B. Moss (~1823 – 1898) by Richard Owens

Taught at Meson Academy for 41 consecutive years. County surveyor and created Moss map of Oglethorpe County published in 1894.

Miss Gussie Reese (1888 – 1975) by Shay Harris

Mistress of White Oak Plantation and granddaughter of Augustus Dozier who settled in Oglethorpe County in the 1830’s and built the plantation.

Stephen L. Upson (1785 – 1824) by Tygh Walters

One of Georgia’s most eminent lawyers. Served in the Georgia General Assembly from 1821-1823. Once called, “the wisest man in Georgia”.

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