Legends ’14

The following individuals from Oglethorpe County’s rich history will be portrayed during this year’s performance!

1.  Pearl Aycock:  1912 – 1977

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

2.  Dr. Lindsey Durham:  Early 1800’s – 1859

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

3.  Mrs. Ester Caldwell Finley :  1772 – 1844

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.

4.  Washington W. King :  1843 – 1910

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.

5.  Joseph Henry Lumpkin :  1799 – 1867

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

6.  Governor George Mathews :  1739 – 1812

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

7.  Thomas B. Moss :  ~1823 – 1898

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

8.  Miss Gussie Reese :  1888 – 1975

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

9.  Stephen L. Upson :  1785 – 1824

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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