Home to Lake Oconee
Putnam County is renowned for Lake Oconee, a sprawling body of water that provides recreation and stunning views. However, many people might not know that Lake Oconee is actually Georgia’s second-largest lake.
Formed in 1979 after the construction of the Wallace Dam on the Oconee River, Lake Oconee covers over 19,000 acres and boasts approximately 374 miles of shoreline. Today, the area around Lake Oconee has become a popular destination for fishing, boating, golfing, and lakeside relaxation.
A Haven for Antique Lovers
Putnam County, particularly the city of Eatonton, is a haven for antique enthusiasts. The city’s downtown area is filled with antique shops, offering treasures that reflect the county’s rich history.
Historic landmarks, such as the Uncle Remus Museum and the Old School History Museum, also house significant antiques, making Putnam County a fascinating destination for those interested in antiques and local history.
The Uncle Remus Museum
Joel Chandler Harris, the author of the Uncle Remus books, was born in Eatonton, Putnam County. Today, the Uncle Remus Museum commemorates Harris’s work and the African American folklore that inspired it.
Housed in a log cabin, the museum brings to life the stories of characters such as Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear. It is a must-visit for literature enthusiasts and those interested in cultural history.
A Rich Literary Heritage
Putnam County’s literary heritage extends beyond Joel Chandler Harris. Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Color Purple,” was also born in Eatonton.
The city honors Walker’s legacy with a garden and a mural in the city center. Literary tours are also offered, featuring the locations that shaped both Walker and Harris, making Putnam County an unexpected destination for literary buffs.
Home to the Rock Eagle Effigy Mound
One of the most fascinating features of Putnam County is the Rock Eagle Effigy Mound, one of only two such prehistoric structures found east of the Mississippi River. The mound, depicting a large bird, is believed to have been constructed by Native American inhabitants over 2,000 years ago.
While its exact purpose remains a mystery, today it stands as an awe-inspiring testament to the region’s ancient history. A tower near the mound allows visitors to appreciate the full scope of the eagle shape.
Putnam County Dairy Festival
Since 1969, Putnam County has been hosting the Putnam County Dairy Festival, an annual event held on the first Saturday in June. The festival celebrates the county’s dairy industry, one of the key sectors in the region’s economy.
The event includes a road race, a parade, arts and crafts, live music, and – of course – plenty of delicious dairy products. It’s a fun and unique celebration of Putnam County’s agricultural heritage.