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”.